The Summer 2015 Blog

Dear Parents,

I am delighted that parents and children will again notice several changes to the school site as the children return after the holidays: The front lawn has now been restored and provides a wonderful setting for the entrance to the school; the St David’s Building play equipment has arrived and will be assembled in the coming days; the screens recommended by the Fire Officer have now been set in place in the Royds Mount Building; the Senior Garden at the rear of the school has been completed; lighting bollards have been placed along the main drive; A1 has been prepared for the laying of the new floor in the first weekend of the Summer Term in becoming our new dance and drama studio; and the cleaned School Bell looks magnificent as the new House Trophy to be presented at the school prizegivings!

Please note that summer uniform will be optional after Easter and compulsory after the Spring Bank Holiday. However, all children must wear their winter uniform for the whole school photograph on Thursday 7th May.

We welcome Mrs Zdenka Todd as a new full-­‐time member of the Kindergarten staff this term. The school would also like to congratulate Mrs Gaffney and Mrs Hirst on the birth of their new babies. Following the arrival of Ava Faith Gaffney on Mother’s Day, I am pleased to share news of the arrival of Arthur Garrick Hirst at 7lb 8oz on 9th April – named after his two grandads.

We would like to extend our appreciation to Michael Smith for his outstanding work and commitment as a member of the Maintenance Team as he prepares for retirement at the end of April. I am delighted that we have already talked Michael out of permanent retirement to assist with the development of our Nature Trail this term.

The HGS Review for the Spring Term again includes a wonderful illustration of the tremendous range of enrichment activities on offer throughout the school. Please do check the Summer Calendar and note the key dates and events for the Summer Term. In particular, we invite parents to attend the Parents’ Association Meeting in the School Library on Monday 27th April at 3.15pm when the Out of School will provide free supervision for the children of parents attending. This will outline all of the key events for the academic year and explain how parents can support the school in the education of their children. There will also be a brief presentation by the Headmaster on the updated School Development Plan.

Parents should note that the school is committed to retaining the format of two classes in each age group throughout the Pre-­‐Prep and Prep with the progression to a three form entry into the Senior School. To this end, the school has now adopted waiting lists for Years 4 and 6 and we anticipate a Year 7 of almost 60 children in September. The maximum class size will continue to be 20 children for any academic lesson.

Tim Hoyle

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