Head's Words Summer Term Week 11
Well I hope you have managed to dry yourselves out from the drenching you would have received if you were at the Fete last Saturday. There rivers of water running through stalls, and flooding hard standing areas... but mud slides appeared, Junior Girls danced, Senior GIrl entrepreneurs sold, Sixth Form did --- well just about everything, and eventually the sun came out. Congratulations to the Junior Boys PTA for staging the event and huge thanks to staff, parents, students and pupils for your support, energy and sense of fun.
Monday we squeezed in Senior Sports Day, and for once sun protection was required. Fabulous to see both skilled and highly trained athletes, along those bravely competing just to get a point for their house even if, shall we say, they were not the most natural of athletes. Such was the competition that for the first time ever two Houses tried for first place, with 181 points etc - amazing.
Our athletic prowess came to the fore again when we took 17 Junior and Senior Athletes to the National ISA Athletics Championships in Birmingham as part of the London West team. And what an outcome - 15 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 4 bronze medals and one National ISA record from one of our Junior Girls - not bad from17 athletes methinks. London West were Junior and Senior Girls Champions, as well as taking the overall trophy.
Had the privilege to attend the Sixth Form Dinner and Dance at Lillibrooke Manor on Thursday night. Oh my, what a delightful bunch of engaging young people to share your evening with and no better advert for how we work with young people, and how they rise to meet expectations.
So we drive on... Sunday sees the play go into technical rehearsal, followed by dress rehearsals and the performances on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. I am delighted that we are taking on ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ in the 400th year since the death of Shakespeare, albeit with a modern twist. Please come along and support our dramatic endeavour - it is the highlight of the Year 7-9 thespian year.
On Thursday I spoke to the school about some of the effects of the referendum vote on the future of the UK within the European Union. We focussed on the significant rise in racially or ethnically motivated attacks on various cultural groups within the UK. The story of 7 year old Polish boy, whose family had lived, worked and paid taxes in the UK for three years, who found ‘A go home Pole’ message in his schoolbag shocked all of us. We reflected that in times of change and turbulence we have to consider what we say and do very carefully. We also have to be prepared to stand up and defend our British values of tolerance, compassion and a recognition of the rights and aspirations of others. I believe we are a very welcoming school, and we shall strive to stay that way.
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others”.