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O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
       my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
      So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
         Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
         So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
          My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will
             praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed,
             and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have
            been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
                My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. ESV




                 LEADING FROM THE FRONT

                 Returning from leading the Year 6 residential French Trip to
                 Normandy for the last time was a hugely emotional experience;
                 seeing the smiles on the parents’ faces as the coaches rounded
                 the final corner into Church Lane, and the excited faces of the
     whole school assembled on the playground to greet us, was magical. It will
     certainly be added to my list of long-lasting memories.

     We are living in an uncertain world where recent events in the UK and in
     France may have unbalanced some people’s thoughts about the future and
     heightened others’ anxieties, so it was heart-warming to have the trust of our
     parents, to take their children abroad to Normandy. Extra security checks and
     risk assessments, and regular consultation with the local authority and
     government websites, gave me the confidence and determination to continue
     with my planning to lead the trip; such is our in-depth knowledge of every
     detail of each journey, visit and location that the staff team operate like
     clockwork, all bases covered.

     The children have been exposed to such a wide range of learning
     opportunities and strategies to develop their independence over nearly four
     years of their time at CSPA, that they fall neatly into line when needed and yet
     are such good company and fun to be with, many
     showing maturity beyond their years. As demonstrated
     by one pupil last year who, when the Reverend Charles
     Overton asked in assembly how many school rules we
     have, responded proudly: “None! We just have high
     expectations!”

     So, having led the army of red caps as we made our way
     to the top of Mont St Michel, carefully pacing the ascent,
     with frequent breaks for water and pauses in the shade
     to recover, we arrived at the grand doors to the abbey.




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