Acting Head of Junior School Newsletter: 10 May 2024

Message from the Acting Head of Junior School

Mr Richard Lock

Dear Parents,

The end of April and start of May have been packed here at the Junior School. As I mentioned in my first newsletter, our Year 5 children were the first group to depart for their residential trip to Norfolk. Since then, we have seen Year 3 go on their (for many first) three day school residential and Year 4 will return later this afternoon from their adventures to Liddington. It has certainly been a busy couple of weeks for the children and teachers at the Junior School.

I have continued to be amazed at the range and variety of achievements of our children. During the assembly last week, I had planned to talk in some detail about the maths behind people who share the same birthday and how many random people you need in a room to find a birthday twin (for information it is just 23 people). However, I had to curtail some of the details in order to present all certificates, medals and trophies to various achievers.

As a non-musician, I was particularly impressed by the achievements of Evelyn who took two ABRSM grade 7 exams in the piano and violin achieving a distinction in both. There are many things to be in awe about here: such skill and determination in multiple instruments; being able to perform under the pressure of an exam situation; the practice and lessons to get to this high level whilst still being in Year 6.

We have also had several fixtures over the last fortnight with Eltham College putting in some excellent performances against Bickley Park in U11 Cricket, Bromley High in girls U9 cricket and Pointers in U10 Cricket. Thus far the Junior School are undefeated.

The UK Maths Trust Junior Challenge is an annual academic fixture in many schools across the country during the Summer Term. It is a paper I have always enjoyed trying myself (have a go yourself at an exemplar question below). Many children were awarded certificates this morning for achieving a threshold mark, however, it is four Junior School Pupils who are moving into a second exam in June, called the Kangaroo. This is an extremely challenging paper and really tests what our pupils are able to do in terms of creative thinking and problem solving. We wish them the very best of luck.

Finally, a further reminder that the Parents’ Association are organising their popular annual Summer Ball on Saturday 8th June in King George’s Hall.  The ball theme is ‘Arabian Nights’.  Tickets and tables are selling fast but you can secure yours here.

We wish bon voyage to our Year 6 pupils and teachers as they travel to their residential trip. I hope that they have an enjoyable experience as they approach their final weeks of being Junior School pupils.

Wishing you a good weekend,

Richard Lock
Acting Head of Junior School