Prep Headmaster's Blog: Such Pride & Joy

Christmas certainly seems to be entering people’s minds this week as the festive decorations and preparations start to appear around school.

This was certainly in evidence yesterday when I was privileged enough to attend the Reception Classes Nativity Performance. It was truly magical to see our youngest Felstedians perform for the very first time, retelling the amazing Christmas story. They had all learnt their lines perfectly and delivered them with the greatest of confidence, either as shepherds, kings or narrators! To watch the parents and grandparents’ faces was also wonderful – such pride and joy. As I said to a few afterwards who commented on their confidence, it is the first step on a long journey to be cherished. To complement the Nativity we were also treated this week to the Ffrome Court production of ‘The Pirates of the Currybean’. Again, this was a scintillating production, full of great performances and joyful singing. I must thank the children, who so obviously enjoyed their time on stage, as well as the staff for pulling it all together.

The Year 7 and 8 German trip to Bremen Christmas markets went off fantastically well yesterday. A very early morning flight from Stansted was followed by a tour around the city, a traditional lunch and a visit to the Markets – all done with our partner school in Bremen. An early evening flight home followed, which completed a jam-packed day for all involved. 

In assembly this week, I talked about the real meaning of Christmas and how TV advertising in particular can skew that focus. Naturally, shops and products want you to buy their gifts/food etc at Christmas. With this in mind, I showed them all several adverts, including John Lewis, Boots, KFC, Heathrow Airport and Argos. The winner, with the children and staff was the Sainsbury’s advert. They all had their own ‘spin’ on Christmas but the children certainly empathised with this one!

In the New Year it is my intention to set up a Food/Nutrition Parent forum with our Catering Manager, Katie Pordham. The forum will focus on our current provision and to listen to feedback/suggestions. If anyone is interested in being a part of this group, please do email me I will, of course, raise this again in the New Year to remind people.
I am looking forward to buying any of the Dad’s a drink tonight in The Chequers between 6-7pm and to seeing as many of you as possible at the Carol Service in Chapel on Sunday night, also starting at 6pm.

Have a good week

Simon James