From the Headmaster’s Desk 29th November 2019

Benjamin Franklin was right: preparation is everything. As Lyonsdown builds up to a busy final two weeks of term, this is even more vital than usual. Rehearsals are taking place, programmes are being designed and arrangements are being checked.

Not that this week was quiet: one well-arranged highlight of the week was the visit of ex-England netball captain Pamela Cookey. Year 5 were thrilled to take part in Pam’s training session and also had the chance to ask questions about what a professional sports career was like and what one might do in “retirement.” In the evening, parents from across the school and girls in Year 5 and 6 were treated to an inspirational presentation on “The Importance of Sport” in our new Small Hall. In addition, both parents and children took part in an activity on how to best to support children on the pitch.

Reception’s visit to Cedars Care Centre was equally well organised, popular and successful. Not only is it wonderful to further strengthen the School’s links with our community, but there are huge benefits, for both children and the elderly, of regular “cross generational” conversations and activities. School and future careers were just two of the variety of topics that were discussed.

Towards the end of the Autumn Term, Lyonsdown finds itself in its own “fixture congestion” with a wide range of exciting events fast approaching. Rest assured we are ready. We may not be travelling to Qatar for Club World Cup, but please do keep an eye on the diary and any reminders that are sent home. We have been so impressed by how the children have responded to this very busy period and how they are looking forward to working hard in the next two weeks, as well as enjoying themselves.

All the best for a relaxing weekend.

Mr Hammond