I had the enormous pleasure and privilege of attending the talk given by Lou Harvey Zahra to our parents on Wednesday evening. Despite the atrocious weather, many of you turned out for this event and, from the comments I have received since, you were not disappointed. Lou spoke with such knowledge, experience and passion about child development and gave us her incredible insights into why certain behaviours present themselves at pivotal moments along a child's journey to adulthood, as well as providing a wealth of practical parenting tips on how to turn confrontations into positive moments of magic with your children. I drove home afterwards with my head brimming with thoughts about my own journey with my four children and, although there were clearly many, many opportunities I could feel guilty about having missed, I also felt a sense of affirmation that, just sometimes, I had got things right too.
If you are interested in purchasing any of Lou's books, we have a selection in Reception for your perusal. The school will receive a commission on any books sold, and there is only a limited supply, so don't miss out!
To end the half term with such an inspiring talk was an honour and I wish you all a wonderful week ahead, before we welcome our children and young people back to school on Monday 30th October.
In Fir Tree Kindergarten recently, Saskia presented a puppet show of the story 'Meshenka and the Bear'. It is a story about a girl named Mashenka who ignores advice to not wander too far away from home and gets lost while berry picking. She finds a bea...
Class 7b have recently completed a main lesson on "The Life of the Prophet Muhammed" and "The Golden Age of Islam".
Whilst learning about the Prophet, they were visited by the school's afternoon care teacher, Fadellah Khettabi. Fadellah spoke to the class about the 5...
Last week, classes 4 to 8 had the privilege of listening to the silver flute, demonstrated and played by our wonderful visiting peripatetic teacher, Anna Thomas. They heard a variety of pieces from classical and folk to film and pop music. The flute is part of the woodwind family and, when played in the orchestra or smaller ensembles, adds a variety of colours and textures to the piece as it has a large range of notes.
Flute can be learnt from class 4 and upwards and is a very easy transition from the recorder, which all our pupils at Michael Hall learn, as it has similar finger patterns and also reads from the treble clef.
Anna visits the school to teach weekly and has a wealth of experience of teaching and playing professionally too.
Anna has a couple of spaces available at the moment, so if you would like to apply for your child to learn this instrument, please get in touch with our instrumental coordinator, [email protected] or download the application form directly from the school's website. This can be handed in to reception. The fee for this one-to-one tuition is £27 per lesson.
Should you have further questions about the flute or any questions about learning a musical instrument, please email Rachel Masters directly.
The Music Department
Peredur Eurythmy Christmas fairytale 2023.
Students from Classes 2 to 7 have the opportunity again this year to participate in the eurythmy fairytale at Peredur Christmas fair on the 3rd of December.
Please contact [email protected] for details if your child is interested in taking part.
Eurythmy club is starting again for Classes 4 and 5 on Mondays from 3.15 to 4.10pm beginning after the half term break. Please contact[email protected] for details.
Eurythmy club for classes 6 to 8 is on Thursday at lunchtime. All welcome.
Please contact: [email protected]
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.