Mid Term Blog

Walking down the entrance path from Luck Lane affords you a tempting feel for what the school will soon look like when the building developments have finished. Not only we will have no temporary buildings on the campus, opening up the front lawn as a playing field, but specialist rooms for Prep and Pre-Prep Science, Art, Music, Drama and Assemblies; a Food Technology Room; 2 bookable ICT rooms for all departments; 3 Peripatetic Music Rooms; a Mathematics department in same building; a Library in the main school; and a Senior Art & Design Room.

This week, a more temporary structure arrives allowing us to celebrate many of the year’s achievements throughout the school and to come together as a school community at our Garden Party. The Marquee will provide a venue for the Pre-Prep Prize Giving, a special occasion as we recognise the progress of our youngest children in addition to the wonderful contribution made by Mrs Drapan, who retires at the end of term. I also look forward to recognising the progress and achievements made in school sport at the Sports Presentation Evening. This week I umpired our Under 15 Cricket team and the progress made in sport is obvious. Benefiting from games afternoons, use of offsite facilities, and membership of a newly formed independent schools league, I am sure that there are exciting times ahead for our sportsmen and sportswomen. I also know that many of our Prep gymnasts and netballers are eagerly looking forward to representing the school and Kirklees in the West Yorkshire Games in two weeks time.

On Saturday it is the Year 11 students who will benefit from the marquee. The GCSE exams have finished and we look forward to a wonderful evening for this year’s Prom. The evening is always enjoyable and the introduction of a drinks reception in the Main Building, a photo booth car, an old fashioned sweetie table and Casino tables will provide for an excellent occasion. Special thanks must go to the parents who have raised considerable funds in support of the evening. I am sure that this will not be the last we see of our Year 11 students. This is work experience week and we are delighted to have so many former pupils coming back to experience working at HGS.

It was disappointing that the Spanish Evening had to be cancelled, especially when those involved in the planning had worked so hard to provide what I am sure would have been a wonderful evening. The Parents’ Association are extremely keen to support me in wishing to develop our site as an outdoor learning environment. We do hope that parents will now support the School Garden Party on Saturday 29th June in raising funds for this project.  The Marquee will host both school and professional entertainers at this event and I do hope that parents and friends will be able to join us.

Ensuring that we have the facilities to provide a first-class education is clearly a focus. I have been pleased to receive so many positive comments following the talk of poet Gez Walsh and about the quality of the students’ work at the Art Exhibition at the North Light Gallery. The school production of Hairspray at the Boiler House Theatre and the Prep School Prize Giving at Huddersfield University also provide examples of how we are working to provide such facilities. However, we must not lose sight that it is the impressive work and efforts of the children, combined with the quality of the teaching and the range of opportunities provided for pupils, which ensure that when we are using such facilities, we have so much to celebrate.

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