From the Headmaster's Desk

Gate duty encourages many interesting conversations: a Year 6 girl might tell me about a book I am unfamiliar with, or we may discuss current affairs. However, “is that a tractor, Mr Hammond?” is not a question I ever thought I would hear in London. This rare sight reminded the girls that it is Road Safety Week, a topic I spoke about in Monday’s assembly. We discussed hazards that pedestrians need to be aware of and, specifically, how to cross roads safely. This is a vital part of being an independent girl or boy in London, at the appropriate age – my thanks to parents for supporting this at home. You may find the classic hedgehog video on my Twitter account @hammondteacher useful or nostalgic.

Talking of the importance of independence, it was wonderful to see that an increasing number of pupils in Year 4 and below are now walking into School from the main gate on their own. When they are ready, pupils are encouraged to say “goodbye” at the front of school and walk down to the playground independently . Older siblings and friends have told me how much they enjoy chaperoning the younger members of our community, and it is equally wonderful to observe such a supportive activity.

This term’s Headmaster’s coffee morning was both well attended and received, with record numbers in the Library sharing a hot drink and pastry with members of staff. Always a delightful event to host, these informal opportunities to discuss the School with parents are extremely valuable and sit alongside our new parents’, alumni and FLS events to further develop our engagement with the whole school community.

Here’s to many more interesting conversations.

C. Hammond

Riddle me this: two riddles are outstanding, so no new challenge this week. Answers welcome and house points available.