The last week and a bit has seen the TKS Community in action at its inimitable best.

The Twilight Festival last Friday presents a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the year that has been while thinking of others and contributing positively to the wider community through the Giving Tree Appeal. While the weather gods were clearly unaware of the importance of the event, they were unsuccessful in dampening the spirit of the TKS community. Market stalls were still visited for special gifts, food stalls were still bustling with customers seeking a treat or two, and the feet of all in attendance were kept tapping by the fabulous performances of the various Music Bands.

Not only was the School value of Care & Empathy on display for the Giving Tree, but also the School values of Resilience and Respect: resilience in making the most of the bad weather, and respect for the organisation and preparation of all who contributed to the Twilight Festival. It is these qualities that add to the uniqueness of the TKS community, arguably drawing its members closer together.

Yesterday it was a joy to see the ELC Production and welcome the large number of parents, grandparents and special friends. Our youngest students entertained and enthralled their audience, and it is exciting to think of their development and growth over the next 13 years. The self-assurance of the performers is remarkable and a reminder that we should not be stinting the confidence of our young people but engaging and encouraging them to explore without limits and preconceived ideas.

These two major events, in conjunction with the numerous other activities taking place, play an integral part in cementing the sense of community. A strong school community provides a safe and supportive environment, fostering a sense of belonging and pride, and a positive culture builds an inclusive environment for students, facilitating personal growth and lifelong learning.

As the holiday break approaches, we can take a moment to reflect on what we have at TKS and consider those less fortunate, not only for the opportunities but also for the sense of belonging. Giving back to the community through initiatives such as the Giving Tree is a powerful and meaningful way to contribute to the spirit of the season. When individuals come together to support those in need, it strengthens the bonds within the community and creates a shared commitment to helping one another.

For those less fortunate, the festive season can be a challenging time. Acts of kindness, whether through volunteering, donating or offering support, provide hope and comfort. It reminds individuals that they are not alone and that there are people who care about their well-being. Knowing that you have made a positive impact on the lives of others can bring a sense of joy and purpose, countering any potential stress or anxiety associated with the festive season.

I wish TKS a joyous and fulfilling festive season as December kicks off today.

Mrs Toni-Ann Bright
Head of People and Culture