Apologies for the lateness of this blog. I know how much you love reading it and how you cannot wait for the next installment, but it is only now that I find I have a few minutes to spare….so here goes.

The half term concert was a huge success – there was an excellent mixture of classical and modern; some fine playing of that most difficult instrument – the french horn; a ‘Stomp’ tribute; poetry recitals; guitar solos and Max’s band, The Taken – renamed after a conversation with Ed Sheeran’s record producer! The concert was rounded off in fine style by the choir singing Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol – a very proud moment as both a father and Headmaster! All in all, there was something for (almost) everybody.

Since our return from Half Term, the 6th Form have been off on their Geography Field Trip to Wales. They have brought back all sorts of fascinating data and are now busy writing up their CE projects. On Friday we had our Bonfire and Fireworks party. Peter and Ian had constructed a most beautiful bonfire which burnt exactly as it was supposed to and Mr. Beharrell let of barrage after barrage of fireworks – a display which lasted over 20 minutes. The chef provided an outdoor supper for all – burgers, curly fries, fizzy drinks and toffee apples – and the boys had a tremendous time.

On Saturday there were matches against Ashdown House. The Colts A were beaten by the better side and the Bs went down 3-2 away, but the 9s picked up their second victory of the season and the 1st XI’s unbeaten season continued with a 5-0 victory, playing some of the best football that DP has witnessed in his 20 year tenure as 1st team coach! In the evening the boys had a film and popcorn night, managing to devour 3kgs of Popcorn, which is quite a lot when you think about it!

On Sunday after chapel, EL and HE took 28 boys to watch London Welsh take on Bath. Not perhaps the most exciting game until the 79th minute when an intercepted pass handed the victory to London Welsh, but the boarders who went loved it and it has given them the taste for rugby, which we start in just two weeks’ time!

This week there are matches against Ludgrove, the Juniors are off to Brooklands, we have a lecture on ‘The History of Sport’, return matches against the old enemy on Saturday, a Pizza and Film night for the 5th form (I’ll let you know how many kgs of pizza they eat!) and our Remembrance service led by MDKP and NHKP on Sunday. There is also a boarders’ outing to Beaulieu, where the boys will get to see 50 years of James Bond Cars.

Andrew, Wendy and I will all be at the Independent Schools Show in Battersea Park on Saturday and Sunday, so if you are in the area, do pop in and say hello.

That is all.