Headmaster’s Weekly Update

8th March 2019

“Recipes for Success at QHS”

Food was a key ingredient in our successful Big Booky Breakfast as we welcomed large numbers of parents and children into the Junior School as part of our World Book Day celebrations. DEAR week has certainly been a great success judged by the comments of some parents who have even enjoyed quiet reading time with their children on an evening this week. I have very much enjoyed joining with our Year 7 and Year 8 children in daily silent reading for ten minutes as we ‘Drop Everything and Read’ to reinforce the value and pleasure to be derived from a good book.The quality of the food served by our GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition students on Monday and Thursday this week was of a professional standard. I congratulate all of the students on the quality and imagination of their work as each produced an outstanding three course meal sampled by staff as part of their GCSE assessment. The reality of the GCSE exams is now upon us. Our Year 11 Drama students also delivered an excellent starter in their quest for high marks with their impressive Practical Performances in the Drama Studio. The practical exams for Art and Photography will soon be upon us and this week we must congratulate Year 7 student Katharine Last on becoming ISA Artist of the Month. The quality of the creative designs of our students taking public exams are very impressive and I am confident that we will be able to report on further success in the coming weeks. ‘Impressive’ was a common term used this week by our Open Day visitors reporting on the tour guides from our younger age groups in the senior school and senior pupils in the Junior School. The guides were wonderful ambassadors for the school. The events of the week emphasise the success requires ingredients that include skills and talent, enthusiasm, interest, working together, dedication, commitment and hard work.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary”

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