We were so sad being unable to come back to school at the beginning of term, but we were all ready to make the best of a difficult situation with our oven-ready Distance Learning Programme. Lovely to reconnect in our busy online assemblies, and via our live Google Meets. We were also blessed with at least a little good weather for when we could get away from the screens.
We continued to build another great haul of scholarships this year. Huge congratulations to Alfie A (Academic and Drama, Portsmouth Grammar), Alexander B (Sport, Embley), Ava B (Sport, Ryde), Emily B (Academic, Meon Cross), Thomas C (McIsaac Scholarship, Ryde), Poppy C (Kathleen Damon Scholarship, Ryde), Emilia E (All Round, Millfield), Harry G (Sport, Millfield), Jonathan G (Sport, Ryde), Freddie K (Sport, Ryde), Lois M (Sport, Millfield), George M (Sport, Portsmouth Grammar), Pippa S (Sport, Blundells), Samuel S (Nock Scholarship, Academic, Portsmouth Grammar), Owen Y (Sport, Dauntseys).
We were so pleased that the children who were in Reception last year won the 'Clean-up and Create' art competition with their amazing life-size Leatherback turtle. The children focussed on conservation and it was the first project they completed when they came back after lockdown in the summer.
Virtual Yoga was a big hit throughout the term with children, parents and pets!
The Lockdown Challenge was a huge success and hard fought. It started out as Team Child vs Team Adult, but at the end of the January Team Staff got in on the action too! The WHP community walked, ran, rowed, cycled and cantered like the wind, reaching the equivalent of Australia in distance covered! The final tally was: Team Child 4153, Team Parent 2574, Team Staff 2893 for a total of 9620 miles.
The Distance Learning Programme gave as full an academic school day as ever, everything from jump cuts to clock making bringing subjects to life.
We were thrilled to welcome former international rugby union player Ed Jackson to one of our virtual assemblies. He spoke to us about how he overcame a life changing accident that paralysed him in 2017. He talked us through his monumental journey to recovery and the lessons he learnt along the way. His incredible and inspiring story highlighted the importance of determination in life and how we should never underestimate 'the power of the mind'.
We promoted Children's Mental Health Week with "Free Choice Friday". The whole school took time out from the usual curriculum that day and participated in a huge variety of activities such as Tai Chi, cookery challenges, musical performances, blindfolded portrait drawing, treasure hunts, stone painting, and making the worst sounding sandwich to name just a few!
The Headmaster was on the radio news! On Wave 105 he talked about vaccinating teachers as a priority so children might return to school as quickly as possible.
The Sports Department did a smashing job of keeping everyone active with regular online workouts. One time parents were simultaneously shocked and delighted to see their children doing the hoovering unprompted on "Free Choice Friday"!
WHP pupils didn't let lockdown deter them and those at every level worked hard to master whatever instruments were to hand.
Early Years managed to celebrate shrove Tuesday during their Forest School session. They enjoyed the story, Mr Wolf’s Pancakes, by the fire before devouring homemade pancakes for snack time! Delicious!
Year 1 made the headlines on ITV News Meridian! They had so much fun making their own news reporter videos and were lucky enough to be joined by Fred Dinenage on their live virtual classroom. They kept him entertained by sharing future ambitions and numerous pets.
We were so excited to finally get back to school on March 8th.
We waited to celebrate World Book Day so we could all enjoy it together. It was a special one too, as the theme was the latest book by our very own Mrs Roddis, "'The Prophecy of The Dragonix".
It was a pleasure to get onto the sports field, and to enjoy the fiercely competitive inter-house sports again.
It was wonderful to finish off the term with many generous donations of Easter eggs for Acts of Kindness. Happy Easter everyone!