From the Headmaster's Desk

The first of December has come and gone, and I am glad to announce that the festive season is in full swing. The highlight of the week was the Lower School Nativity, with two stunning performances showcasing the quality of music and acting at Lyonsdown. This is a standard that does not happen without hard work, and so thank you to parents, pupils and staff for their endeavours. The girls and boys threw themselves into the project and the
atmosphere of the school was filled with Christmas spirit as a result.

The FLS Cake Sale was also a wonderful example of our community coming together. The range of patisserie on offer was fantastic and the event proved as popular as ever. It also gave me the chance to wish a Happy Hanukkah to several families; if you are celebrating this week, I do hope the festivities have gone well.

For obvious reasons, there is a great deal of wrapping paper around School at the moment, and I used this as the focus for my assembly this week. Judging a book (or any other present) by its cover does not always lead to an accurate prediction of what is inside the external appearance of the paper. To prove this was the case with people, two lucky girls were chosen to be wrapped up by Year 6. The rest of the children then tried to describe them which proved almost impossible: “there are green and four feet tall.” I was delighted that pupils were able to give advice on how to get to know others: speaking and spending time with them being particularly impressive suggestions.

The final week is busy and full of fun – the girls and boys know they need to be sharp, and pay attention, to make the most of what is on offer. I am very much looking forward to the flurry of activity and glad to confirm that we have reserved a place on the roof for Father Christmas’ sleigh on Wednesday.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Carol Service at St Johns the Baptist Church, High Barnet at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 11th December and wish you a relaxing weekend.


Riddle me this: a solution and a constant mystery. It is true that both apes and humans have opposable thumbs, but glass still remains unclear to all, with 15 incorrect answers submitted thus far. This riddle will close at the end of the term.