2 virtual school trips, ongoing charity support, astounding progress in our school developments, and only in a 4 day week
Monday was an exciting day for school development as it was Day 1 of our AstroTurf being laid. Throughout the week, this work has been progressing amazingly quickly, alongside a great deal of work being done to the interior of the Senior School and beautiful new planting outside the Prep School. We can't wait to welcome all our pupils back to see the improvements and to also see their skills in hockey progress with the new facility.
On Tuesday Mr Valentine started the lunchtime concert series for the whole Prep School. This weeks theme was an introduction to the Trumpet and in upcoming weeks we can look forward to introducing a variety of instruments such as the sousaphone and trombone. Mr Valentine not only explained how a trumpet works and its history but also played 'What a wonderful world' and 'When the Saints go marching in' beautifully.
To make sure we are staying connected as a school community and keeping social interactions going between students, teachers have been setting up and supervising play dates in the Prep School and in the Senior Shool there have been activities such as 'Introduce your pets'. Miss Wright introduced her parrotlet Blue and a number of the student's introduced dogs, gerbils and a tortoise and we look forward to meeting more of the extended Radnor House family.
This week Year 4 were supposed to go on a residential trip which was unfortunately cancelled owed to Coronavirus precautions, but instead, they had a VIRTUAL residential. Pupils had 21 different activities to choose from over the 3 day period, including activities that they would have been doing on the residential such as assisting with cooking and making their own bed. The students enjoyed making lunch or dinner for their families, making dens, making zipwires for their toys, lego, and keeping a diary. In one diary entry, the residential was described as being 'action packed and there wasn't one dull moment'. On the last day, there was a talent show made up of impressive magic tricks, dance, gymnastics and piano playing to which the pupils reacted with overwhelming support and praise for each other. Well done to all pupils, parents and teachers involved.
Our Reception class also had a magical virtual trip to Wisley Garden on Thursday. They used their mapping skills, built crazy beanstalks and finished the day with some stick fun.
With Friday being the 75th anniversary of VE day, both the Prep and Senior School took part in a number of activities to celebrate it. Students in Year 5 created videos about VE days and cooking VE day recipes such as biscuits and Victoria sponge cakes. In the Senior school there was also a lot of baking, VE day based lessons and bunting making.
To support our charities, we have set up a number of fundraising activities for pupils (and families) to take part in- sponsored walks, sponsoring for chores, crazy hairstyles, a Radnor House Sevenoaks charity Bake Off and more. To read more about what we have done and what we are continuing to do for our charities, please click here.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful May bank holiday weekend.
There are some of you who have sometimes found this time really tough and are missing friends, family and school. Just remember we are proud of you and we care about you.
Mrs Spencer (head of prep school)
If you know of any friends or family members that are looking to join Radnor House, we are still running virtual taster days and online presentations (in place of tours). Please click here for details on how to book onto either an online presentation or taster day.
Or contact Wendy Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org.