"The penultimate newsletter of the Summer Term is largely devoted to the Summer Festival and what an amazingly successful week it was. From the opening of the Art and Design exhibition, through to Sports Day, the Dymond Speech Competition and Prize Giving, it really provided a showcase for the talent, hard work and commitment shown by students over the course of the year."
"As ever, the Garden Party provided a great opportunity for students, staff and parents to mix and enjoy the many stalls and attractions on offer. I am very grateful to members of the Junior and Senior School PTAs for all the effort put in to organising and running events on the day."
"This year, a new edition to the festival programme was SidFest, which was Sidcot’s own homage to Glastonbury! My thanks go to Harry Gould, Stuart Amesbury and the team from Sidcot Radio for providing a really ‘chilled’ experience to all festival goers."
"A busy week then, but one which celebrates many of the things that make Sidcot a vibrant, busy and exciting community!"
What an amazing Garden Party!
"A massive thanks to everyone that came along and supported this year’s amazing Garden Party, and to those of you that helped!"
"With the luck of the weather being on our side, unofficially it was the busiest for a number of years, and it definitely felt like it! There was a great “vibe” and we have received many excellent reports, comments and thanks."
"Thanks to everyone; who helped before, during and after with the clear up, to all those who made some fantastic cakes and to the school for all their support and assistance. Thanks also to Mr Michael for the loan of Del Boy and Rodney Trotter’s Independent Traders van, which made a special appearance on the day. Needless to say it truly is a team effort!"
"Whilst fresh in the memory, if you have any thoughts or comments and suggestions to improve the day even further, please can you email firstname.lastname@example.org who will forward them onto us at the SCPTA."
"Thanks again and see you next year!"
East House Charity: The Little Princess Trust
"What a magnificent gesture Genevieve Lane made during the Garden Party by donating her lovely long hair to the Little Princess Trust. The hair is sent away to make a wig for a child who has lost their hair due to leukaemia or alopecia. The supportive crowd of 100 people were extremely impressed and moved by the event. Mrs Lane firstly plaited Genevieve’s hair into five plaits, each firmly secured at the top and bottom, and then it was time for THE SCISSORS!"
"So far Genevieve has raised not only awareness of this wonderful charity, but well over £800, which is truly fantastic. Any more donations can be given via Genevieve’s JustGivng page. A HUGE thank you to Genevieve and to all the generous people who supported this inspiring fundraiser."
"Anyone else with long hair, give it a thought..."
Head of East House
Year 10 Business Studies students impressed us with their range of stalls at the Garden Party
"During lesson time they were tasked with coming up with an original business idea, and developing a business plan for it. They were then encouraged to apply all the business concepts we have been studying this term in a real life project. Ideas ranged from fruit sticks, Chinese Treats, “throw a sponge” and selling sweets. We were delighted to find that all six groups managed to make a profit, leading to an impressive £289.12 in total being raised for their chosen charity. The winning team, based on the results of the mystery shopper, the quality of their business plan and the amount of profit they made will be announced in lessons this week."
Amanda Brown and Geoff Andrews
Business Studies Department
"Thank you very much to all Sidcot musicians for the splendid music at the ‘Festival weekend’. Jazz Band / String Group at the Garden Party, Cantare and Emily Coombes, Polina Naumova delighting us for the last time at Sidcot School at the Dymond Speech. We would like to wish our A Level musicians the very best of luck for the future and to thank them both for the commitment shown to the department over the years."
Director of Music
"The Dymond Speech Competition, a more than 100 year old tradition, saw the prize awarded to Alessandra De’Capitani D’Arzago for her speech entitled ‘Possessing a Second Soul’ which focused on the struggles of learning a second language."
"A diverse range of topics were covered by the other speakers with speeches entitled ‘Man’s Best Friend’ by Charlotte Pittaway, ‘The Richness of the soul’ by Al Almastiri, and ‘Candy Calling’ by Zachary Brannan."