Yesterday we welcomed back the year 12 geographers and geography staff who had been away in Dorset for four days last week completing their A Level geography fieldwork. From memory of my own geography fieldwork, I hope they managed to gather all the information they needed, and did not get too wet collecting it.
At the weekend a small number of students from years 10 and 11 took part in the DofE Silver Practice Expedition in and around the Tunbridge Wells and Ashdown Forest area. They had an enjoyable few days and learnt a few things in preparation for their assessed expedition later in the year. Thank you to Ms Adams and Ms Alloy for supporting them all.
On Wednesday this week we welcome the parents of our new Maidstonians who will be joining MGS in September. The Year 6 Welcome Evening is the beginning of the transition from primary school to MGS, and so we look forward to welcoming the boys and their parents at the start of their seven-year journey. Also at that event it has become customary to welcome in the new prefect team who will lead the student body for the next 12 months. Rafe and Jess, the new school captain and school vice-captain, will officially begin their roles after Ethan and Sam, the current incumbents, ring HMS Maidstone’s Bell signifying the end of their 12-month tenure. I am sure there will be a few tears.
In contrast to the Year 6 Welcome Evening, on Thursday this week we begin the process of saying goodbye to our oldest Maidstonians as they move to become Old Maidstonians. Year 13 will be gathered together for the official leavers’ photograph: a photograph that I am sure many will want to cherish. Following this photograph, and over the next couple of weeks, there will be an assembly to talk about becoming an Old Maidstonian as well as Leavers’ Day itself, when we officially say goodbye to the cohort. But, before these students really step into their new lives, there is the small matter of their A Level examinations!
Finally, I would like to congratulate Mr Hughes, head of College House, who successfully completed the London Marathon at the weekend in a time of 4 hours and 7 minutes in support of the British Heart Foundation. Well done Mr Hughes.