From The Headmaster

17th March 2017

Last Saturday, in near perfect conditions, eight schools took part in the Hallfield School Invitational Cross Country Competition. The competition was fierce on the day but our boys & girls teams acquitted themselves well in the Under 9’s & Under 11’s competition. Congratulations!

The 2 Under 11’s teams took part again the next day in the National Cross Country Competition on Sunday at Malvern. With some of the best schools from around the country taking part, both teams faired extremely well and it was very good experience for our boys’ team because most of them will be eligible to compete again next year. Thank you to Mr Batchelor & Miss Kennard for their enthusiasm and support this term with our runners and we wish them good luck in the Shrewsbury Competition next Wednesday.

It was a pleasure meeting the Years 3 parents on Tuesday & Thursday at the Parents’ Evenings. It is hard to believe that the children have almost completed their first year in the Upper School – it has been a very successful one for them. Today it was a pleasure watching 3D lead the Whole School assembly about “Leading by example ” and using your tongue properly to say “nice” things rather than “unkind & hurtful” things. It was a brilliant assembly with confident performances from all of the children. Well done and thank you to Miss Dicks and 3D.

Dr Gautam – Father of Sophie – came to talk to  the school about their exciting adventure to Nepal which starts next week (until September). He showed us pictures of the village that they would be staying in and the school they would be helping out in during the next few months. This school was rebuilt after the terrible earthquake a few years ago and we all look forward to receiving regular updates from the family from deepest Nepal – an adventure of a lifetime where they will be able to also see some of the rarest animals in the world today. The family take with them our very best wishes from all at Hallfield.

Today, 39 very excited children and 4 enthusiastic staff left Hallfield bound for Normandy.  They were all looking forward to having a great time in France and taking every opportunity to practise their French language. Bon voyage!

Next week we look forward to the exciting Year 1 extravaganza which will be performed to the Parents on Thursday Morning. Have you seen any dinosaurs lose around school? Some have escaped! In the evening, the inaugural Celebration of the Arts Festival will take place. This event replaces the former Elocution Competition but extends the variety and opportunity for our multi-talented Hallfieldians, including spoken word.  With still time for a few last minute rehearsals, we are enormously looking forward to this event.

Tickets have been selling rapidly this week for the next PTA event – the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 25 March (day before Mother’s Day) where the Easter bunny is bound to make an appearance, especially when you are least expecting it!

Enjoy the rest of St Patrick’s Day and have a lovely weekend.