It’s difficult to believe that three weeks have passed and we have already enjoyed our first exeat. Our 34 new boys have settled in remarkably well, and it never ceases to amaze me how well they adjust to, in particular those from overseas, a totally different environment. The senior boys have been very supportive and set an excellent example to the rest of the school – always important at the start of a new school year and helping to foster a positive atmosphere.

They always say that London buses come in pairs, and we are now no exception. The daily service from Putney is becoming increasingly popular and, with 19 boys now making the journey, an extra bus and a new driver have been commissioned.

A good number of football matches have been played, with the usual mixture of results. The 2nds and Colts have enjoyed fine starts to the season, while the 1st XI have stuttered a little, mainly because their Headmaster/Manager – who many probably think should have been put out to grass years ago – is having Mourinho style problems with selection and formation! Far more important than results though, over 70 boys have already represented the school.

The changes and improvements to the school that were made over the summer holidays have been very well received and, with a couple of exceptions, the controversial and much-debated contemporary light in the front hall has met with approval. It is now accompanied by the old tiger’s head, which has been repositioned above the door to the Headmaster’s study – how well that will go down, I am not yet sure!

Last week the Science Lab re-fit was completed, a week earlier than promised, and it looks fantastic. Emer Gardener, our new head of Science, heralds from the Emerald Isle and, in order to make her feel at home, all the units are a vivid green!

As for the new Headmaster, he has enjoyed what can be best described as a honeymoon period so far. Staff, parents and, as mentioned before, boys are all being very supportive and agreeing with all his decisions – no doubt, reality is just round the corner but, for the time being, I am making the most of it and long may it continue. It has been an excellent start to the term.