It has been a week of mixed emotions at Talbot Heath; jubilation in the Junior school with a week of Jubilee projects and events ; celebration in the Senior school as our U13 girls’ swimming team became World School Swimming Champions, our Aberdare tennis teams came out on top regionally and Isabella Cox represented England at the Dog Agility World Championships; concentration in Senior school as pupils across the whole school take assessments and public exams. I love the fact that we are able to combine so many emotions within our daily routines at TH- one minute Mr Cradick is launching his ‘ Name the Gnome’ competition to much cheering , the next our pupils are calmly preparing for their assessments.
I have been hugely impressed by our pupils’ designs for the Jubilee billboard and their creativity in Pre-prep and Junior school and delighted with their sporting achievements on a national and international level, however, I have been just as impressed with the way in which they have faced their first live assessments in three years. Where I might have expected tears and hysteria, the pupils have shown a determined and measured approach to their assessments and this is a huge credit to them and to all the staff who have supported them academically and pastorally.
They have shown that they can rejoice and have fun while still being able to stay focussed , pragmatic, determined and mature when required to be-such adaptability, versatility and resilience will stand them in great stead in their future lives. Now, what to call that gnome….. ?
Wishing you all a very happy half term