Welcome back! We have certainly been blessed with beautiful weather to start the term. I hope that you have all enjoyed a safe and relaxing summer break. It is certainly wonderful to see all the children back in school looking so well and happy.
The School was yet again a hub of activity throughout the holidays as we worked busily to complete our extensive development plans and maintenance. New computers and Promethean Activboards have been installed and will be a real asset to the teaching at Quainton Hall School. The Nursery has had a face lift and is now an impressive open space teaching environment. We continued with our classroom refurbishment programme with pre-prep rooms being carpeted and having their IT provision updated. The middle school and senior school have had new desks and chairs along with an upgrade to the IT provision. Behind the scenes we have had a new boiler system put into the school. We will certainly notice this in the winter months. The Chapel has now been refurbished and offers a wonderful new music room and hall.
My sincere thanks go to the whole team for their tireless efforts throughout the summer break and for all their hard work. The staff and I are certainly looking forward to sharing the school with our many visitors to this year’s Open Day which takes place on the morning of Saturday 22nd September.
As well as our new pupils, we welcome a number of new faces to the staff too. Mrs May and Mrs Chohan join us to oversee and teach in the Nursery. Both being qualified teachers ensures that the provision for our youngest goes from strength to strength. Mrs Sweeney joins us in PP1 with 20 years’ experience in this age group. Mr Diaz joins us as a P3 class teacher and games teacher. Mr Anandasivathas takes on the role of P4 tutor and English teacher and Mrs Ghaghda joins the Mathematics department. Mr Antoine joins the games department on Monday. The welfare of the children now falls to Mrs Shaw who comes to us with 19 years’ experience in the same role at Whitmore High School. I am very pleased to announce these additions to an already strong staff.
A few role changes have taken place over the summer. Mrs N Khan will be overseeing PP1 and PP2 and Miss Agius will be the Early Years Lead. Mrs H Khan is now fully in to her role as Assistant Head, (Assessment and Exams) and she also takes over the role of overseeing the 11+ transfer of pupils.
Our programme of activities will be fully up and running on Monday. My thanks go to Mrs Aleksin-Shah for all her hard work coordinating your requests. I am thrilled at the number of children who have signed up and are making the most of the many opportunities on offer here at the School. For all of those pupils and parents still to confirm their activity requests, I would urge you to book as soon as possible as places are limited.
I would like to remind parents of the rules for dropping off and picking up their children. Before 8.30am parents can park on the single yellow lines but not the resident bays. Please may I ask parents not to park near the junction of Harrow View. At the end of the day we have an agreement with the council that parents at QHS can park in the resident bays on Hindes Road (only) for 10 minutes to allow you to pick up your children. Some parents are using Tesco’s car park which is about a 5-minute walk. Could I ask that parents do not at any time park across our neighbours’ drives. I have witnessed this on Radnor Road from time to time.
I would like to wish you all an enjoyable term. It promises to be a very busy and fruitful time.
Finally, could those parents in P6 whose children are sitting senior school exams inform me by email when their children will be absent from school.