Dear Parents,

It was a real pleasure in assembly this morning to award trophies to our swim teams in their successful showing in regional swimming finals. Our U11 boys’ team of Sam Elms, Joseph Yates, Charlie Bostock and Abu Kulkarni swam magnificently, finishing 3rd in the medley relay and 2nd in the freestyle relay and winning the Bucks Shield. The U11 girls team comprising Lucy Brown, Louisa Doyle, Hattie Stanley and Ameline Kreckel matched the boys success in winning the Bucks Shield for their category as well as claiming a 3rd place finish in the medley relay and 5th place in the freestyle relay. Both teams have qualified for the South East division finals on Saturday 13th May in Guildford, with the prospect of a good performance resulting in National Finals in Sheffield in June. We are very fortunate to have such talented swimmers, a fantastic pool and some incredible teachers who provide such excellent tuition. My thanks, in particular, to Mrs Shaw for organising such a wonderful opportunity.

This term has certainly been an exceptional one for sporting performance and highlights have included the U9 and U11 girls winning the York House netball tournaments, the U11 netball team making their way to the quarter finals of the IAPS regional tournament and excellent performances in the recent Chesham Prep football tournament for U10 and U11 girls’ teams. We are looking forward immensely to the boys’ football tournament this weekend, following on the success of the U11 boys reaching the quarter finals of the ISFA regional football tournament. In addition, many of the children have been enjoying preparing for the upcoming athletics calendar with training sessions over at Jarman Park in Hemel Hempstead. This is just a mere snippet of the many sporting opportunities this term and I know we are all extremely appreciative of the time and effort dedicated by the games department to develop the children’s love of sport.

Red Nose Day has been a blast! The children have looked a picture in their red paraphernalia and have entered fully into the spirit of the day. Assemblies today have reminded us how fortunate we are and of the need to help and be considerate of those in need of support.

My very best wishes for the weekend. Fingers crossed for England in Dublin!