Head’s Blog 12th June 2018

Welcome to the final issue of the Wetherbridge for 2017-2018! My great thanks goes to Miss Kilbane who has edited and created all 15 Issues of our Newsletter in our first year and what a super record they are of the School. This summer version is a bumper edition containing pictures and articles on so many events.

Our Summer Musical extravaganza was a triumph last Friday and was lovingly and expertly produced and directed by Mrs del Balzo and Mr Anderson. What a long way the School has come and the atmosphere in the Founders’ Hall was celebratory and quite emotional! Above all, I was tickled pink by one particular addition and I couldn’t resist asking for an encore of ‘School’s Out for the Summer’ at the end – Alice Cooper would have been so proud and our 3 to 7 year olds certainly know how to raise the roof! The photographs in this edition bring the event to life so well.

Sports Day was a super event at Mineral Springs in Central Park – sack races, the three legged, the egg and spoon and house relays – what more can you ask for? A good dose of healthy competition and parent, sibling and staff involvement is always good fun and thank you for coming along to support. Our Fathers and Loved ones Tea Party on Tuesday was a real success and the children had made some beautifully-designed mugs – more feel good factor. Then we made it to Summer Prizegiving on Wednesday. What a moving and happy celebration of this first and exciting year at WPNY. Many thanks to Luke Parker-Bowles for speaking and presenting the awards. It was a proud moment to welcome a Wetherby alumnus from London and to begin what will be a long tradition of annual New York Prizegiving school events.
On Tuesday, the children enjoyed a transition morning and were able to meet new teachers where possible. You will have all received my ‘Summer Head of School Letter’ earlier this week on Monday with details of staffing news and summer works and a look ahead to September. I hope you found the information useful.

Barnaby Lenon arrived at 7 East 96 last week and delivered a thoroughly inspiring talk on successful parenting. We thank him for attending and a summary of his talk is included in this edition of the Newsletter. Not only was Barnaby a Headmaster for many years at both Harrow and Trinity School of John Whitgift in Croydon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), Vice-President of the Royal Geographic Society but he also made a guest appearance on BBC1’s Celebrity Masterchef in 2010! (Miss Bailey has long-aspired to the last accolade, in particular).

Remember to encourage the children to try something new during this long summer break. I remember learning to ride in Ireland one summer at a hotel we used to stay at called Parknasilla which is nestled in the Kerry Mountains. The thrill I got from mastering that skill filled me with such confidence and happiness that year as I rode round Kenmare Bay.

I wish you a happy and healthy summer holiday. If you think this year was good, just wait to see what we have in store for you all in September!