Ipswich Prep School celebrated the end of another extremely successful year with several events, including Sports Day and the Prep End of Year Celebration.
Prep Sports Day last week was a great success, and the weather was perfect. The children participated in many sporting events, encouraged their House and classmates, and had such a fun time. Congratulations to Notcutt, who were the overall winners of Sports Day. Notcutt last won Sports Day in 1996, 21 years ago.
The Prep End of Year Celebration recognised the achievements of everyone at the Prep School over the last school year, demonstrating the power of following your passions and achieving your potential. The Guest speaker was Hannah White, one of the leading Sailors and Adventurers who has sailed the Atlantic solo three times, amongst many other achievements; most of them ‘against the odds’ the theme for the day.
We have been lucky enough to have welcomed many visitors to the Prep, to share their passions with pupils and to have taken the children on trips which have provided new insights on topics or new challenges to overcome.
Highlights of the year at Ipswich Prep include being inspired by the African Children’s Choir. Prep Director of Music, Mrs Steensma, went on a sabbatical during February and visited them in Uganda. The Choir then came to Ipswich in May and performed two concerts to over 500 local school children. They also performed to a sell-out public in Great School and received a standing ovation at the end.
There have been lots of musical opportunities thoughout the year, such as when 65 pupils from Years 5 and 6 had a successful and exhilarating trip to the O2 to perform in the ever popular Young Voices Concerts. The Upper Prep began the festive season with their Christmas film and theatre themed concert. In the annual Ipswich School Festival of Music in the autumn, pupils made lots of noise in the STOMP workshops, and the Chamber Choir enjoyed taking part in performances with the Swingle Singers.
Our sports teams have been very successful in numerous ways. They include being U11 County Champions in Boys’ Hockey and Cricket, with the girls coming second in Hockey, and numerous team skiing awards, to name but a few.
Both the Prep Orchestra and the Chamber Choir performed at the Snape Spring Concert, and what a great job they did too on the world famous Snape Maltings concert hall stage. The Year 6 production was also truly wonderful, led by Mr Day as his first production at the Prep.
There were many other trips and sporting achievements. The Prep also had an Artist in Residence, Alfie Carpenter, for two weeks, who really enjoyed his time.
The numerous opportunities we offer the children are just the means by which they can access success. It is the achievements of every single individual, which is the most important thing to us, and this year our children have not disappointed. Their hard work and determination to succeed is evident in so much of what they do and this makes me so proud as Head of the Prep.
In a short time we will be heading off in our different directions on holiday. For some, it is on to new things; we look forward to hearing about future successes. For those who return in the new school year, we look forward to another year full of amazing achievements when we return in September.
You can see some photos from the day here.
Mrs Amanda Childs, Ipswich Prep Head