“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.”

I am writing these words on Valentine’s day, having just witnessed the most wonderful performance of Beauty and the Beast by our children. I’m not afraid to admit that I love a musical (that may not surprise some of you) and this performance possessed huge amounts of that ‘feel-good-factor’ that leaves you quite exhausted and thoroughly emotional. It is abundantly clear that our pupils loved being involved in something very special as well and it is hard to beat that wonderful feeling that comes from being part of a team and working so closely together. I simply could not be prouder of them this evening. Every single one of them, from cast members to back stage technical crew, have played their part in creating a quite magical moment and an experience they will never forget. In assembly last week we marvelled at the magnificence of the migratory birds we are seeing fly over Moyles Court this month. They epitomise the brilliant concept of teamwork, with every single bird taking their turn, supporting each other and playing their part in helping to achieve one of the most gruelling feats of the natural world.

I am enormously grateful to the entire team for the hard work that they have put in to make this show as good as it is, and what we have seen today will live with them (and with you as well, I’m sure), for many years to come. My enormous thanks also go to the amazing team of staff who have worked with such dedication and commitment to help provide this opportunity for our children. I know there have been times when they may have questioned why they decided to do this in the first place, but I am sure that after this performance, they will be filled with a pride and a glow that can only come following such a phenomenal commitment.

As always, a huge thank you to you, the wonderfully supportive audience of friends and family that have come together to support these young performers. For them, to see you in the audience, will mean more to them than any of us will probably ever know.

The number of coughs and colds around our school this week suggests that half term is imminent, so I wish you all a very relaxing and ‘germ free’ week and I look forward to seeing you all on the 25th February.