Our Executive Principal’s Five Highlights of the Week

As the end of term gets ever nearer, we’ve been incredibly busy with wonderful, wintery treats! The school has been busy and bustling, and the real highlights for me this week have centred around seeing the culmination of learning, projects, and performances! We have two more days of term next week, and then a very well-earned rest for children, staff, and indeed parents! In the meantime, here are my top 5 moments from the past week!

  • Being taken on a personalised trip around the solar system by Grade 4! From being welcomed by a real astronaut to hearing a song all about the planets, my knowledge of space has been enriched by the children’s learning. It is such a treat for any educator to see children so engaged and inspired by the content that they’re exploring, and to hear it in their words is so powerful. We all felt very sorry for Pluto, and I can’t wait to go diamond hunting on Neptune!
  • Planning the next tranche of learning spaces, which are set to be rolled out in March. It is such a privilege to get to work with designers like Space Zero to create spaces that are child-centred, innovative, and enable all members of our community to feel comfortable and inspired. Watch this space, but needless to say – we are all in for a real treat!
  • Visiting colleagues at Reigate Grammar School Riyadh. I had the pleasure of meeting school leaders from Reigate, Aldenham Prep Riyadh, and King’s College Riyadh. It was really interesting to hear about not just the areas that all our schools have in common, but also the things that make each of us unique. We also explored some exciting areas for future collaboration that I’m very excited about, as I know they will afford the pupils some really memorable opportunities.
  • Welcoming our new Head of Marketing and Admissions, Almira, to the team. As a school that’s growing very quickly, it is great to know that we can add capacity to this really important department, and I know that Almira will ensure all of our families, new and not so new, will receive the highest levels of attention and care.
  • Seeing KG perform their winter wonderland concert! I have never seen such talented gingerbread people and snowmen in my life. They treated parents to the full performance earlier in the week, and the performance was so good that we had to do a repeat to the full school this morning. Whilst seeing the youngest pupils perform with such confidence and aplomb was a real highlight, I also greatly enjoyed seeing the older pupils respond to their younger peers. They were so proud, and I also have video evidence of the senior boys singing along to the snowman song – what a magical morning!

We go again next week, wrapping up the learning projects and celebrating Arabic Language Day – so get some rest and come back raring to go for the last week of term!

Clemmie​ Stewart,
Executive Principal