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Mr Bevis' Words Lent 10

Well most of our break and lunchtimes this week has been taken up with frantic activity for 3 For 3 week. So we have been taking part in summer fete like challenges, consuming mocktails, over indulging on cake and sweets, disco dancing, karaoke and much more. The week culminates in our Inter-House music competition on Friday afternoon - always a keenly contested and enlivening occasion. We will announce how much we have raised next week.

The V&A was a great experience for our textlists  and distant communications with Geographers in South Wales is that much work is being done, the weather has been kind, and the group of G10 girls and boys have gelled well.

The Big Bang fair is an annual celebration of Science and the potential it holds. A group of Year 7 and Year 8 girls were able to try a large number of experiments including dissecting  a fake human body, being part of a life sized camera and much more. Luisa even became part of a speaker cable and had music literally traveling through her body as she stood on stage in front of hundreds of others in one of the large shows.

Our Under 16  hockey squad are still going great guns with 2-0 victories over The Marist and Charters. This is primarily the netball season however and the 1sts triumphed over Holyport College 34 -29, and the Under 12s were runners up in the latest round of the RBWM tournament with wins over Holyport, Trevelyan, Charters and Dedworth, and a loss to Newlands. Pride of place must go to our Under 14’s at the recent ISA National Netball Tournament held at Malvern St James School.  From their successes in the early rounds they were put into the cup competition where they achieved a magnificent fourth place. Also to congratulations to Isabella Shirley for gaining a place at the 12 and Under National Winter Tour Tennis finals at the end of March and to Georgia Carmichael who receives a prestigious SportsAid award to be presented by Katherine Grainger, in recognition of her being nominated as British Canoeing Young Canoeist of the Year.

One of the highlights of the musical year takes place at College Avenue next Wednesday when the Senior Girls are joined by the Senior Boys for our annual Spring Concert. Such is the quality of our music now that I urge you all to get your tickets as quick as possible.

On Tuesday I have been invited to afternoon tea by our after school Food Club and I know that all of us fortunate enough to be there will enjoy some creative and skilful cookery... as well as having a lovely time. The English Civil War comes to Claires Court on Thursday as Year 8 Senior Boys join us at College Avenue for one of the History Department’s events of the year. Pupils get a real insight into the armed conflicts between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers, as well a great understanding of life in the mid 17th Century. .... oh and I gather there might be some fighting as well.....

Our other performing artists are competing in the ISA Drama Competition (South) at Hurst Lodge School. We wish them luck with their performances of ‘The War in my Head’ by the Year 11 girls and ‘Memories Never Fade’ by the Year 4 - 6 girls and give them all our support, not just for the performance, but also for the nerve wracking experience of listening to the feedback and advice during the adjudication.

Finally tonight off the Lions Club Swimarathon Awards when one our Sixth Form team, Chris Rayer, receives an award for gaining the most sponsors for the event, and also to accept the chue for our nominated charity, Food Share.

What a joy it is to be surrounded by so many wonderful young people.

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Francis of Assisi

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