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Prep Headmaster’s Blog: Diversity

When sitting down to pen my thoughts for this week’s post I reflected upon the week we have just enjoyed within the Prep School. The word I kept coming back to, which summed things up, was ‘diversity’.

By this I mean diversity of opportunity, activity and success. All of the highlights of this week, of which there have been many, develop character and broaden our pupils’ horizons.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Education department at Colchester Zoo for their inspiring workshops about animal adaptations. I know that a lot was learnt through the hands-on activities and am very grateful to Dr Taylor for organising their visit.

Creativity came to the fore with the Land Rover 4x4 in schools technology challenge. Our ‘Team Boulderdash’ has designed and built a radio-controlled 4 wheel drive vehicle as prescribed by the challenge rules. The vehicle had to successfully navigate and complete obstacles on an off-road test track which was just as demanding as a real off-road situation. I am delighted to say that our team of budding engineers won the Team Showroom Award and the Best Engineered Car Award. This subsequently puts them through to the National Finals later this term.

There was a huge amount of fantastic hockey and netball on display last week, coupled with the Year 3 girls playing their first ever competitive fixtures. The sense of fun and enjoyment was palpable. However, the true sporting highlight has to be the success that the U13 Girls indoor Cricket Team enjoyed becoming county champions at Essex CCC. They have now qualified for the regional competition, again later this term.

We also enjoyed our pupil LAMDA performances in the Hunt Theatre. The confidence, poise and presentation skills these opportunities develop are invaluable. We also welcomed a number of probationers into the Chapel Choir at their special service - thank you to Mr Warns and Mr Rees for their nurture and guidance here. 

So, I think you’ll hopefully see why ‘diversity’ was my go to word for this week’s musings - just as it should be!

Simon James