Dear All,

The theme for this week was uncertainty linked to the bible reading Matthew 28: 1-10.

After Easter, the followers of Christ were uncertain of what was going to happen and how to move forward.

Over the next week our Year 6 students sit their SATS examinations and there is a great deal of uncertainty for them as they draw near. What questions may be asked? Will I know all the answers? And how will I do?

I know that with all the hard work that the teachers, support staff and students themselves have applied in preparation for these exams should remove much of this uncertainty but I know that you are all in our prayers and as a community we wish you the very best of luck.

Several other elements have stood out to me this week as I begin to get to know the school a little better. The charitable nature of the community is something that must be celebrated and its profile raised. Our school council discussed which charity they are going to fund raise for this week and are putting proposals to me. Our staff are also very involved in fundraising and I wish Mrs Jeffery the best of luck as she prepares to tackle the ‘Born Survivor’ assault course in the coming weeks.

The sportsmanship of the students both in victory and defeat with hard fought cricket, football and rugby matches taking place this week. Students demonstrated that winning although wonderful is not always where true champions are formed and I particularly enjoyed discussing future tactics to improve performance with some of the girls involved in the rugby match on Friday. A tough defeat but I am aware ladies, that your passion to improve is an example to us all.

As I ended my first blog with a quote from an inspirational person I thought I would make this a tradition of mine moving forward. So here is a quote from Sir Winston Churchill to inspire us for the week ahead especially those Year 6 students who are in our thoughts and prayers as they approach their SATs exams.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Sir Winston Churchill

God Bless,

Mr Hutchinson