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A week of success at Belmont

It has been two weeks since I last wrote to you and I have so much to say but I will try to keep it concise so you can enjoy some autumnal sunshine before Saturday’s rain sets in.

Foundation Day

Saturday 29th September was one of Mill Hill’s biggest days of the year: Foundation Day. Mrs Sanchez delivered a fantastic speech and it was wonderful to see so many Old Belmontians receiving recognition for a plethora of achievements. The Chapel Choir performed in the service earlier in the day and it was wonderful to see such healthy numbers of Belmontians contributing to the high-quality music.

Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents’ Day round two was a great success yesterday with so many children enjoying touring the school with grannies and grandads. The concert was superb and I was so proud of the children who were able to take the audience to a different place, such was the quality of their performances. The theme tune to Dad’s Army brought a smile to many of the grandparents’ faces. Both Grandparents’ Days were a huge success and we think it is really important to acknowledge the special relationship that the children have with their grandparents and provide a way for the school to thank them for their support.

Old Belmontian named in T20 World Cup Squad

Old Belmontian and Old Millhillian Sophia Dunkley has been named in the England Women’s Cricket World T20 Squad. Sophia is only 20 and she came to Belmont in Year 7 from 2009 to 2011 before going onto Mill Hill. She represented the 1st XI at Belmont and went on to be one of the best players at Mill Hill. She now plays for Middlesex and Super League team Surrey Stars as a powerful batsman and leg spinner. I spoke to Sophia’s mum today, who was still in shock, to pass on our congratulations and to say how proud we all are of her. We all wish Sophia the best for the Women’s T20 World Cup being held in the Caribbean in November.

Back at Belmont we have had some sporting success of our own over the last couple of weeks with the Under-10 and Under-11 boys winning 9 out of 9 rugby matches against St John’s and two weeks ago both our Under-11 and Under-13 (see below) Hockey A teams won tournaments at St Benedict’s and St Edmund’s respectively.

National Poetry Day – Thursday 4th October

This Thursday many of the children were involved in various poetry activities as part of National Poetry Day. The theme for this year is Change and I am hoping that, following Mr Unwin’s inspirational poetry performance to the children in assembly last week, the children will have created some impressive poems of their own.

Finally, thank you to the FOB co-chairs and form reps for all their support in welcoming new parents last night for a drinks reception and for all the effort that went into last Friday’s Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Headmaster’s Commends

Ishan 3JD– for the most beautiful scrapbook of Ishan’s North American adventure

Elliot 7JF and Zain 7JF – for some wonderful music composition that we played in assembly

Ella 8RG – her amazing work on the Arctic that is being entered for the Young Geographer of the Year award.

I wish you all a wonderful, even if slightly damp, weekend.

Leon Roberts