As the Summer Term draws to a close and the summer holidays are upon us, we should take a moment to reflect on what an astonishing academic year 2013/2014 has been.
September 2013 saw the arrival of the Deputy Headmaster, Mr Bolderston, from an international school in Kenya, fresh with new and exciting ideas. Little Crofters proudly opened the doors to their newly refurbished Early Years department. To the excitement of Years 5 and 6 boys, Lewis Moody joined them on the Rugby pitch, putting them through their paces in a training session. The whole school joined in to celebrate French Language Day, and practised their language skills dressed in red, white and blue. Year 6 worked hard on their Scholarship entrance exams and 11+.
Christmas arrived and with it all the shows as Little Crofters and Year 1 performed their nativity plays in the Theatre. Years 2-6 sang their heart-warming Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church, a wonderful highlight of the school calendar.
With the Lent Term came much rain which played havoc with cross country fixtures. The School was delighted to learn that Mr Shortman had been highly commended in the Primary School section of the prestigious Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards for 2013. Year 5 visited a Mosque, Year 2 went to the Thinktank Science Museum and Year 4 participated in an Indian Dance Workshop. Years 4 and 5 won first place in the Malvern St James' Art Exhibition for their collective 'bird triptych'. Prep pupils were in high spirits as they eagerly auditioned for 'The Croft's Got Talent'.
During the Easter holidays, pupils enjoyed the French Trip and the Ski Trip to Italy. The Summer Term arrived and Croft pupils helped Stratford-upon-Avon celebrate the anniversary of Shakespeare's 450 birthday. Little Crofters and Reception enjoyed a 'Balanceability' course and Year 5 searched for ammonites and crinoids at Hock Cliff Fossil Beach. 'The Great Croft Cook-Off' competition was underway, with mouth-watering aromas regularly drifting from the kitchen.
With Key Stage 2 SATs completed, Year 6 were able to look forward to their summer show, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. Year 3 studied World War II whilst Nursery and Little Crofters raised over £2000 for Barnardo's in a 'Toddle Waddle'. International artist, Laura Ellen Bacon, joined Years 3 and 4 pupils to help build a 'weavewam' sculpture in the Forest School. Two Summer Concerts and two Sports Days kept teachers and pupils busy and showcased pupils' talents. Reception enjoyed their trip to Warwick Castle and the Year 2 Agility Team represented Southern Warwickshire at The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire School Games.
As we bid farewell to our Year 6 leavers who excelled themselves with 26 Scholarship places and 16 Grammar School places, we wish them continued success as they move to pastures new.
As for the rest of us, we look forward to doing it all again next year!