The Headmaster’s Blog for October 2014

Dear Parents,

This has been a notable term in the history of Huddersfield Grammar School as we look to continue with the development of the school in our impressive new surroundings. This term’s commemorative issue of the HGS Review at Christmas will contain images of the special events that have taken place this half-term. The Opening of the St David’s Building proved to be a wonderful occasion with excellent contributions from our special guests, Brian Turner CBE, and Councillor Ken Smith, the Mayor of Kirklees. Last week we welcomed Jason McCartney MP to bury a time capsule prepared by children from the school and then to make a podcast interview with members of the school Debating Team. We were delighted that ITN Newsreader, Nina Hossain, agreed to return to her native Huddersfield to present the prizes at the Senior Prize Night at the Town Hall. Nina Hossain provided a wonderful talk and impressed all with her presence and manner. The high profile of recent events perhaps endorses the view that we are currently enjoying a burgeoning reputation within the area for the quality of the education provided at all age groups.

As Headmaster, I have observed more than twenty lessons in the last three weeks of this half-term and I have been delighted with the quality of teaching and learning witnessed at all levels. The key focus at the school remains on our core purpose. It has also been my pleasure to watch our sports team performing with ever increasing success and participatory numbers on our expanding fixture list; to listen to our choir, that now includes Prep and Senior children singing alongside each other; and to watch our drama groups performing pieces ranging from Shakespeare in the Senior School to the Wibbly Wobbly Scarecrows of the Kindergarten Harvest Festival. This has already been a term of much activity and I do recommend that you keep abreast of developments by following our events on our facebook site.

On returning after the half-term, the St David’s Building is expected to be fully operational and Pre-Prep children will commence in their new classrooms. I regret that the portacabins are likely to remain a little while longer, though only to be used as indoor areas for bad weather at break times.  The car park system will continue as for the first half of term after the holidays. There will ultimately be new arrangements for the car park and we trust that all parents will both welcome and comply with the system. We do now ask that, unless parents need to speak with a teacher, all Prep children be left at the main school gates where staff are on duty every morning.

Our Fireworks Night on 7th November and Charity Ball on 21st November at Bertie’s in Elland are both major events on the school calendar and I do hope that you will be able to attend.  On 13th December our choirs will be singing at Kirkwood Hospice and the Christmas on the Courtyard on 15th December promises to be a spectacular event. I do hope to meet with you all as we celebrate the end of term with our usual Carol Services, Nativities and Concerts for the festive season. Perhaps of greater importance, I anticipate that the end of term reports that you will receive in the final week, will support our desire to make the coming half-term another enjoyable and successful period of hard work, interest, enthusiasm and achievement.

As many now prepare for a well-earned two weeks half-term vacation, we offer our best wishes to a number of staff and students as they embark on overseas educational excursions to Berlin and Paris. The increasing popularity of our Holiday Club confirms the view that the service provided at HGS strives to meet the needs of all parents.

I look forward to welcoming all children back to school on Monday 3rd November.

Have a good half-term holiday!

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