Dear Parents,

It was a long time coming but what a wonderful return to our Sports Days this term. The PE Department excelled themselves once again in making the day run like a dream and allowed the children the opportunity to participate and excel in not only their sporting pursuits but in their displays of sportsmanship and camaraderie. School records fell at a fantastic pace and it was not surprising to hear that our budding athletes continued their good work in putting in some amazing performances and breaking records at the regional schools’ athletics event this week. We wish them well for the national finals in the last week of term. Thank you for your support on Sports Day; the atmosphere was electric and helped the children no end in producing many dazzling performances.

I am pleased to inform you that at the beginning of last week we welcomed two Ukrainian boys, to Chesham Prep, joining us in Years 5 and 6 until the end of term and then progressing into Years 6 and 7 in September. The boys and their mother have recently moved into the immediate neighbourhood and are living with a local family.
The welcome and goodwill shown to the family by the Chesham Prep community has already been quite incredible and demonstrates what the school is all about. Our motto ‘Each for all and all for each’ really rings true and is a large part of what makes the school such a special place.

We were blown away yesterday evening by the enthusiasm and brilliance of Year 6 who treated their audience to an amazing performance of Lights, Camera, Action! It certainly brought back fond memories of school days and, I know, Mrs Alcock, Mrs Watson, the staff team and, of course, Year 6 had a lot of fun making the show particularly relevant to Chesham Prep! The children deserve huge congratulations for bringing together such a significant performance in a tight timescale, especially as many of the cast were involved in the superb ‘Matilda Jr’ production only at the end of last term. I have never known a production to have been put together so quickly with regards to practice time and the children have worked so hard to learn the script, music and directions during such a busy term. I salute them all and cannot wait for more of the same next year.

Next week has long been in the planning and we will enjoy wishing the children in Years 4 to 8 well as they embark on their residential trips. Activity week always brings so much more to the curriculum and provides the children with a whole host of new experiences and memories to treasure. We welcome parents of Nursery to Year 2 to our Open Afternoon next Wednesday when there is a chance to be toured round the class by your child, to be shown their work and to hear of the fantastic activities that they have participated in during the year.

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, today the children have each been given a commemorative bookmark to keep as a memento of the historic occasion.

Have a lovely weekend.
Jonathan Beale