An Inspector Calls...

HTeacherAs you will all be aware we had the pleasure of  welcoming the Independent School Inspectorate into school on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to
complete a compliance check. The staff and children were outstanding and certainly showed them what a great school we are. I thank those parents and pupils who took the time to complete the questionnaire as it serves as a valuable opportunity for parents to provide their input and is an important part of the process. The full report from the Inspection will be sent to the School in late April and I will ensure that a copy is sent to all parents once we are in receipt of the document.

The feedback from the inspectors took place on Thursday afternoon so unfortunately I was unable to attend the House Music Competition.  I would like to congratulate Combers for squeezing through the winning post. I would like to thank all the staff and children for their hard work over the last term
preparing their songs and music. I would also like to thank Mr Couldridge, Head of Music at Merchant Taylors’ who adjudicated. I believe the large
microphone Combers made use of may well have tipped the balance their way and Mr Couldridge was certainly very impressed by the standard of music at QHS. From all accounts this was a very successful and enjoyable afternoon which I am sorry to have missed.

Late on Friday last week Prep 3 and Prep 4 returned from their Walsingham trip. Seeing the slightly exhausted faces of the pupils on their return to school, it was obvious that they had really enjoyed the experience and benefitted enormously, both educationally and personally,  from all the opportunities on offer during their two days away. My sincere thanks go to Mr Still and his team for accompanying the children.

Earlier on the Friday, I found myself alongside the EYFS children partaking in a ‘Wiggle,’ for Red Nose Day; an experience I will never forget! Miss Agius had the young girls and boys wiggling, dancing and bouncing around the Susan Milner Hall and it was thoroughly entertaining with all the children clearly enjoying the fun.

On Tuesday, Google Expeditions were in school presenting our senior children with an insight into the technology currently available to help further enhance their learning. I know the children found it fascinating and the presentation certainly brought World War I alive through a multitude of media.

The Inter-House Cross-Country took place on Wednesday morning in what I would describe as pleasant weather conditions. The children certainly gave of their best which was great to see and I would like to commend them all for their efforts. My congratulations go to Saumit D (PP2), Danny J (P3), Jamie H(P4), Samuel A(P5), Camron W-M(P6), Aramide S (P7) and Shahmir A-K (P8) for winning the races in their respective age groups.

Following the run, the children found themselves hunting for eggs around the garden in preparation for the Easter celebrations. It was a real treat to see so many smiles on the faces of our pupils on what turned out to be such a beautifully sunny day. Once again the FQHS have surpassed themselves with their organisation and management of another most entertaining event.

Our end of term concert took place after lunch today and it provided us with another opportunity to listen to our wonderful school orchestra and musical groups whose skills continue to go from strength to strength.   My thanks go to all the performers and to Mr Ellis for organising the music.

Over 300 children have taken advantage of our afters-school activity provision this term. I would like to wish our budding Ballet stars all the best with the results of their recent exams.

And finally, I close this week’s newsletter with some staff news. After 20 years of dedicated service, Miss Berry has decided to move away from the Harrow area and will be leaving Quainton Hall at the end of the summer term. Miss Berry will be greatly missed and has offered so much to the School in her time here. For years she has been instrumental in the success of the music and drama at the school, her piano playing cannot be matched and her singing is exceptional.  

Mrs Naylor-Smith will also be leaving after 15 years of dedicated service. She has, since my time at the School, taken responsibility for the running of the Pre-Prep and looking after the younger children with great care and diligence. Both Miss Berry and Mrs Naylor-Smith will be missed by the whole QHS community and we will be honouring their service to the School with a suitable farewell next term.

We have three new members of staff joining us next September. Mrs N Khan will be joining us from the Alec Reed Academy and I look forward to welcoming her to the Pre-Prep team. Miss M Shaw will be joining us from Harlyn Primary School to teach Year 3 and Miss M Metcalf joins us from Sherborne Qatar Preparatory School. I very much look forward to welcoming them all to the Quainton Hall Community.

I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable Easter break and a safe journey to all those of you who may be travelling.

A reminder that the children should return to school on Tuesday 25th April in summer uniform.    
Girls -Dresses, long plain white socks (no patterns) or Plain White tights (no patterns) and Straw Boaters.
Boys – Short sleeve shirts and Cricket briefs and Abdominal protection (cricket box).


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