Mr Phelans’ Weekly Round Up!

Music and the dramatic arts have been in abundance this week with the morning Music Concerts occupying every day of the week. It has been wonderful to see and hear our pupils showcase their talents across a variety of musical disciplines including flute, drums, piano, guitar, clarinet, singing and brass! A truly joyous way to start each day in the most uplifting of ways. Well done to all involved!

Year 6 delivered their play ‘Rock Bottom – The Prehistorical Hysterical Stone Age Rock Musical’ across Wednesday and Thursday. A high energy, musical and gag filled play which was simply wonderful to observe. Beautiful singing, great acting, great props and costumes, engaging storytelling and some very funny one liners, ensured all present were enraptured in the whole experience, with both nights played out to a very appreciative and encouraging audience. It is always a thrill to see the pupils come together to create something collectively which is of significant value, and this was no exception. The stage direction, technical lighting and effects all supported the most enjoyable of evenings which will live long in the memory. A huge well done and thank you from me to all the Year 6 pupils who acquitted themselves brilliantly and to the dedication of the staff, ably led by Miss Morley, Mrs Wilcox and Mrs Sutton. A heartfelt thank you to the parents who assisted in the making and managing of costumes too. I am greatly looking forward to the Lower School play next week, which promises to be a treat for all.

Mo O’Hara, our Patron of Reading, visited on Monday to work with children across the school. This, as ever, was a most enjoyable and interactive set of events which the children really engaged with. Mo will continue in her role in the coming academic year and has several events lined up for all pupils to experience. It is such a privilege to have leading authors who work with our staff and pupils. The positive impact on teaching and
learning is exceptional and I’m thrilled that this will continue in the new academic year.

I have been busily reading through reports this week. I am struck with how much our children do and achieve. They have worked exceptionally hard and have some very pleasing and encouraging reports along with clear next steps and goals to focus on as they move forward. Reports will be sent to you across the coming week via Cognita Connect. Move up day on Thursday was a lovely event with pupils meeting new staff and new pupils
who will be joining us in September.

Tonight, is the much-anticipated Duncombe Parents’ Association Summer Ball at Tewinbury Farm. It is shaping up to be a wonderful evening of good food, conversation, dancing and maybe a drink or two. Thank you in advance to Hanna Ripp and Zoe Bateman who have worked exceptionally hard in preparation of the evening. I know it will be a most enjoyable evening and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Next week is our final week of school with the week concluding for Reception to Year 6 on Speech Day on Friday. Across the week we have The Ritz experience for Year 6 and parents, the Reception Graduation for Treetops pupils and staff, the Year 6 Outdoor Cinema Evening, and the Lower School Play! A very full on and exciting list of events and experiences, which I know will be enjoyed by all involved.

This will be the last Newsletter of the term. I will write to all families over the summer and there will be further reminders about events across the week. But before I go please allow me to share with you a wonderful email to me from a Duncombe parent following a most exciting event at a recent sporting fixture this week… “I’m sure you already know what a brilliant PE Department Duncombe has, and it’s clear how appreciative the
children and parents are of the PE teachers’ energy and enthusiasm. What you may not know, however, is that they also have impressive shepherding skills… at the cricket fixture yesterday a couple of little lambs had escaped from their field and were hurtling towards the main road. The PE staff jumped into action to surrounded them and encouraged them back up the hill to safety. Their lightning quick reactions quite possibly saved these lambs’ lives. Duncombe teamwork at its finest. The children enjoyed the whole spectacle and, if they find themselves in a similar situation one day, I hope they act in the same way as these wonderful animal-loving role models.”Wonderful!

Have a restful and enjoyable weekend. Mr Phelan

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