There is a new crispness in the morning air as I have been standing at the gate to greet students and their families this week. Autumn is on its way, despite this weekend's imminent mini heatwave that we have been promised. This, along with Michaelmas, marks a shift for us in the rhythm of school life. The children feel more settled into their new rooms and lessons, expectations have been set, and there is a renewed energy to the learning across the school and across all aspects of the curriculum.
We have already welcomed many new families to four Open Day events this term and we have several more planned. These events are our opportunity to meet with prospective new families and showcase our school in all its glory. I relish the chance that these events give me personally to speak to parents and their children about what we can offer them and what they feel they would bring of themselves, should they choose to come to Michael Hall. I am delighted to say that our applications for places here continue to rise following these events.
We also welcomed two inspectors on Tuesday, who arrived for a hotly anticipated Progress Monitoring Inspection following our full Ofsted inspection a year ago. The purpose of these visits is to see whether we are meeting the Independent School Standards and to ensure that we are on track to achieve what we need to by the time we reach our next full inspection, which should be due around this time next year. I look forward to sharing the report from Tuesday with you when it arrives, hopefully not too long after our half term break.
After the Michaelmas Festival last week, we all went out into the School grounds and everybody engaged in physical work, putting the land and waning energies of the Summer to bed for the Autumn and Winter where they lie under the surface. Individually, we mirror this by diverting our energ...
The Bookbinding department are looking for any old magazines, old telephone books or catalogues (preferably A4 size) that you would otherwise throw out into the recycling. If you have had a good clear out over the summer or are about to, we would be very happy to use these in the craft department. We are also looking for any natural fabric remnants (plain colours or patterned) or thin leather remnants.
Any donations will be gratefully received by reception; please clearly mark items 'for Bookbinding department'. Many thanks. Rachel Masters'
Do remember to book your tickets for our fantastic KP Music Festival on October 28th & 29th!
On the Saturday morning at 11am in Holy Trinity Church in Forest Row, Steven Devine, one of England's finest harpsichord players, will open the festival with a wonderful concert of baroque music. Devine indeed! Here is Steven introducing the instrument: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7jWYiQz1cA
As a predecessor of the piano, the harpsichord is one keyboard instrument that JS Bach would have played and composed for. It is such a treat to have the opportunity to hear it in our village and I urge all our keyboard playing students to go along.
I would also like to highlight the 4 Cellists of the Philharmonia who will be playing on the Saturday evening in the Long Room. I know that most of our young cellists will be performing in the afternoon concert with the London Mozart Players, but do have a quick rest after the concert and come back for the evening. The sound of four cellists playing together is unmissable and these four are truly outstanding.