Another hectic week ticked off the summer term programme of events for Years 7 and 8 and two more to follow. There will be no slackening of the pace as we move towards the end of the summer term. The boys are really going to enjoy their summer break when it begins, and deservedly so.

It is hard to believe that we will soon be saying farewell to the present Year 8 cohort. How the time has flown as I still remember them as ‘littlies’, lining up for lunch and occasionally banging on my office window until they had elicited a greeting from me. They are so ready to leave for pastures new and we sincerely hope that they will meet with success and enjoy the new and exciting challenges that lie ahead at their Senior Schools of choice. They have all been good company this year.

We will of course have the opportunity to bid them a fond farewell on Celebration Day on Friday, 5 July.

Play rehearsals continue and the Year 8 production hits the boards on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. If you haven’t already booked your seat, you will need to do so sooner than later. I suspect that we are going to have a few parents hankering back to their youth by dressing accordingly for the show. I do apologise should I have placed some parents in the wrong era! The boys and ‘girls’ have had little time to rehearse, but as we all know, they will pull out all the right moves on the night.

The Year 7 boys will soon be off on their day out at Chessington. This is an outing that the boys really do enjoy.

I have summed up the events for the Leavers’ Programme for the week starting, 1 July – please see below.

Eddie Knipe
Head of Senior School

Tuesday, 2 July & Wednesday 3 July in the Theatre
If you have not already done so, can Year 8 parents please let us know if you would like to attend the Leavers’ Play ‘Summer Nights’ by complete the form HERE.



Monday, 1 July – Games Kit
8.40 – 9.00amAssembly in Chapel
9.00 – 9.20amPreparation for Play Dress Rehearsal
9.20 – 10.15amYear 8 Play Dress Rehearsal for Reception
10.30amMeet in the Theatre
11.00 – 11.30amBreak
11.30am – 12.50pmRounders on The Alpine
2.00pmCompany Tug of War
3.00 – 4.20pmBoard Games
Tuesday, 2 July – Games Kit
9.00 – 10.00amRehearsal
10.00 – 11.00amQuiz with edible prizes
11.30am-12.30pmYear 8 Play Dress Rehearsal for Years 5-7
12.30pmMeet in the Theatre
1.30 – 3.30pmSwimming Gala
3.45pmBoys may go home
6.00pmBoys return for play preparation
6.15pmPre show drinks for parents
7.00pmYear 8 Leavers’ Production
7.45 – 8.00pmBoys collected
Wednesday, 3 July – Games Kit
Y8 boys in school at 10.45am to register in the Theatre
11.30am – 1.00pmBasketball
1.30pmCompany cricket
6.00pmBoys return for play preparation
6.15pmPre show drinks for parents
7.00pmYear 8 Leavers’ Production
7.45 – 8.00pmBoys collected
Thursday, 4 July – Games Kit
8.40 – 9.15amVoting assembly (Mr Vincent)
9.15amClear props in the theatre, empty locks, lost property
10.00 – 11.00amPreparation for Celebration Day / Activities on The Paddock
11.00amYear 8 boys meet Buddies in Reception and Year 1
11.30am – 1.00pmPreparation for Celebration Day / Activities on The Paddock
2.00 – 3.00pmTheatre
3.00 – 4.20pmPreparation for Celebration Day / Activities on The Paddock
6.00 – 8.30pmLeavers’ Dinner
8.30 – 8.45pmParents to collect Year 8 boys from outside Music and Art Centre

Friday, 4 July – Uniform (includes Blazer)


Leavers’ Chapel Service – more details to follow later.


On Friday, 5 July all boys in Year 5 to Year 8 are expected to be in at the normal time in full summer uniform (including blazer). Year 4-8 boys and their parents will be attending Prizegiving from 9-10:30 on the Head’s Lawn. Coffee will be served to parents in the Dining Room from 8:30am.

Parents are then invited to tour the school for our Celebration Day, which is an Open Day for current parents. If you wish to go around the school with your son, please collect him from his classroom. We encourage you to take your son along as your ‘tour guide’ if they are not involved in any activities and please wander around the Middle and Senior School events to see all the exciting things available.

The day will end at 1pm, before lunch, however care will be in place for any boys who can’t be collected at 1pm.

Please sign your son(s) out with their teacher before taking them home.  Alternatively, please let us know if you would like your son to go home with someone else. Lunch will be provided for any boys staying for the afternoon and boys can be collected at their usual collection times. There will be no clubs. However, Prep and After School Club will run as normal.

Please complete the Celebration Day form on the new app to inform us of your arrangements on the day. If you will require your son to attend any of the after-school club provisions please email Mrs Harding.


Friday 5 July at 11.30am in The NBC
We look forward to welcoming you to a celebration of instrumental and vocal music performed by the various ensembles in the Middle and Senior School. The concert will last no longer than 30 minutes, with the grand finale involving all performers at 12 o’clock.

The following groups will be performing:
Second Orchestra
Guitar Ensemble
Middle School Choir
Concert Band
String Training Orchestra
Percussion Group
Senior Strings
Brass Group
Chapel Choir
All performers


Your Child’s IMAGES are ready for you to view and purchase.
Please click HERE for more information.


There are many benefits in continuing our reading practice over the summer. To encourage this, we have an Olympic Reading Challenge! The deadline is the 6 September, and there are 5 Olympic reading rings to be completed – please follow the link below. Please contact Mrs Westland if you would like to discuss the challenge or visit the library, if you would like to borrow some books over the summer.

Olympic Reading Challenge  – MM/SS


(Current Y4-Y7)
If you are interested in boarding for your son from September, please use the Reach More Parents App for the booking form by Monday 1 July with the nights you wish your son to board. Once I have received all the requests for boarding, I will be able to confirm places.  Please see the link below for more details.

Boarding 2024-2025


Book your child’s spot for Summer now!
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Seals Family Fun Swim

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