4th November 2022
Thank you very much for the incredible generosity you showed in your support of the Harvest offerings for NOMAD's Food Bank before the holiday.
The team there are most grateful to you for doing so and the produce donated will make a huge difference to the families they are currently supporting.
It feels like we have hit the ground running in this first week back after Half Term with all manner of events taking place, including the unveiling of our mural by the Mayor on Monday morning (please see article below), Year 5&6 assessments, Pre-Prep and Year 3 parent meetings, a number of sports fixtures, and of course Halloween! The catering team created a ghoulish-themed lunch for the children on Monday which was much-enjoyed by all.
Meet the Head Coffee Mornings
We have planned a series of Coffee Mornings at which you will have the opportunity to hear from the Heads of a number of schools we feed. Our first such event is next Thursday, with Tyrone Howe from Shiplake College in attendance, and then already confirmed are Caroline Jordan from Headington, Michael Windsor from Abingdon and Rebecca Dougall from St Helen and St Katharine to follow in the coming weeks and into next term, with a various other schools also in the pipeline. Please see the link below to confirm your attendance at these events, which are open to parents of any aged children.
I visited St Helen and St Katharine again yesterday, where I enjoyed a tour of the almost-completed new Sixth Form Centre before having tea with a number of our former pupils, all of whom are having a wonderful time there. The new facility is most impressive and more university-like than a school. The girls there are very lucky indeed!
Senior School and Scholarship Success
Many congratulations to the Y6 girls who sat the assessments for Queen Anne's, all of whom have been offered places. In addition, Piper R has been awarded a Sports Scholarship and Chloe-Maya and Maya and have both been awarded Art Scholarships - well done to you all!
Rupert House Mugs
Staying on the theme of Coffee and Tea, we are replacing our rather old mugs with some lovely Susan Rose-designed versions, which also celebrate the school's upcoming Centenary in 2024. Please see the design below. We thought that you might also like to purchase some, perhaps as Christmas presents, and if you would like to, please do fill in the form by next Sunday.
Upcoming events next week
We hope that you will be keen to attend James Shone's Talk on Tuesday 8th November, with drinks from 7pm. James is a brilliant and inspirational speaker and will be talking about the importance of 'inflating balloons of self-belief', drawing from his own experiences and having spoken to thousands of children and parents across the country. If you have not yet confirmed your attendance, please do email the Office at the earliest opportunity so that we can confirm numbers for catering purposes.
On Friday 11th November, we will be holding an Act of Remembrance at 10.45am, to which all parents are invited. Please fill in the form below if you would like to join us for what is always a very moving occasion.
Music and Performing Arts news
Please read Rachael Pedley's letter below, which details all manner of exciting new Musical and Performing Arts initiatives over the course of the academic year, including a call for parents to sing with the children in the Carol Service at the end of term.
Many of our children our involved in local football, rugby, cricket, hockey and all manner of other clubs in addition to all the sport they enjoy at Rupert House. It was super to read of the success of the Henley Hockey teams in recent festivals in the Henley Standard this week, for whom a number of Rupert House children starred. Please do see the article below. Best of luck to all the children who are taking part in the Chiltern Edge Cross-Country tomorrow and well done to those who played in the very exciting matches against Cranford House today.
I hope you all have a restful weekend.
With best wishes,