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21 June 2017

It has been a challenging month for the UK. Many things have been thrown at us to test our resolve and resilience. A short video clip on Sky News of a young woman looking up at Grenfell Tower was heart breaking and made me contemplate how fortunate we are as a school and community. ‘It was more than crying, it was the kind of desolate sobbing that comes from a person drained of all hope. And, it is in these times, we need to draw upon each other and work even harder as a collective to help those less fortunate than us.’ I hope these words ring true for the remainder of the year.

With last month in mind, I could not be more proud of our Year Six and Middle School students. Our charity, Save the Children, whose unwavering commitment to help those in need was our focus this half term. Students were tasked with getting sponsored for building makeshift dens in our pristine woods. The target was to raise £500. The final figures have just entered my inbox and I am extremely proud to announce that our students raised a whopping £1180.00! This is an incredible effort and I would like to thank Mrs Dain for the considerable amount of hard work that went into the organisation of the day. Also, my gratitude must be extended to the parents, extended family and friends who helped support our amazing children with their generous donations (and cardboard)! Well done all!

Last Friday, also marked the first of what we hope will become an annual cricket gala. Reddam House Berkshire teamed up with Wokingham Cricket Club to host local primary and prep schools in a Super 8s showdown. It was a beautiful day to have over a hundred local students playing cricket and enjoying our beautiful facilities. Mrs Morris even had the ice-cream van ordered as a reward for all students completing their end of year examinations. My sincere thanks to Mr Hayter and Wokingham Cricket Club for organising this extremely successful event.

Finally, my great thanks to all parents, students and staff who attended the Middle School breakfast. The croissants were tasty, the coffee hot and the atmosphere relaxed. My great thanks to Mr Judge, Mr Nichol and the senior musicians for performing beautifully for us throughout the morning.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the small things we sometimes take for granted.

James Day

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