It has been exceptionally good to welcome you all back into school this week – our events and community are what make this school so strong. In my article two weeks ago, I wrote to you all about the number of events and visits on offer and it officially feels like the social sunshine is back at 7E96! We were delighted to welcome Mr Stenning to Wetherby-Pembridge yesterday and he is with us until Friday afternoon this week. As the newly appointed Head of School from September, this visit has been long-awaited, and I know those of you who had the chance to meet Mr Stenning at our first drinks reception last night had a really good time. We look forward to seeing our second round of guests tonight and if you are yet to RSVP, then please do come along – it is not too late, and you are always welcome. I know that Mr Stenning has enjoyed his visit so far with many opportunities to meet with staff, the children, and families. He takes our Friday Assembly tomorrow and will be back again in April for another visit. The buzz at the school has been wonderful to experience and happy times lie ahead. We also had the chance to meet many of our new families for 22-23 last night, so all in all, it has been a fun and sociable week at the school.

Alphonso Horne and his Louis Armstrong jazz team were back for a Valentine’s Day special on Monday this week and I have been delighted to see so many of your children sign up for individual music lessons since January. An avid music fan myself, it fills me such pleasure to see so many of our students enjoying their lessons. I was touring a visitor on Tuesday and stood outside to listen to the Grade 3 violin ensemble who were playing in such accomplished unison whilst also been able to showcase the Grade 3 pottery and art exhibition based around the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery called ‘kintsugi’. This philosophy has a message for us all in that breakage and repair should be seen as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise – inspiring pieces from the Lower School. I also visited the 92Y last Thursday to watch the older children in their swimming lessons, which I thoroughly enjoyed. They have clearly made such progress since September in the water and enjoy excellent coaching from the 92Y specialists.

This poster has been designed by Ms Alba to advertise the forthcoming exhibition of the work of Antonio Ysursa. I hope you can all join us on 3rd March at 6pm- another chance to catch up and see the whole school community.