Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 29TH JUNE 2018
I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that NCS Activities Weeks will be among the most abiding memories of school for many. Not that what we do in the classroom every day isn’t intrinsically memorable, but I’m sure we can all recall from our own schooldays some out-of-the-ordinary events which brought new experiences and insights. As I waved Pre-Prep and Year 3 off this morning on their excursion to Warwick Castle, simply riding on a double-decker coach was an obvious hit for many and that was before watching birds of prey and trebuchets in action. Something for everyone! I know they have been looking forward to it all week, amid pre-prep rehearsals for the very-NCS version of Little Red Riding Hood. Meanwhile, as they prepare to move up into the Prep School next year, Year 2 have been joining with Year 3 and have enjoyed a wonderful range of medieval-inspired activities (the archery more medieval than the pizza party perhaps). I caught a fearsome-looking Sheriff of Nottingham (aka Mr Rose) meting out justice to authentically-dressed characters from Robin Hood and Mrs Hess’s transformation of the Library into Sherwood Forest and a neighbouring castle has been inspirational. Year 3 have also enjoyed being the senior boys in the School and have been taking the opportunity to hone their football skills in the playground in the best of World Cup style. And I’m sure that those on residential trips have been keeping up with results – I’ll be interested to hear the boys’ analysis of the strategies of the England v Belgium match, particularly those who’ve been abroad and are picking up local commentaries.
Whether at home or abroad, the sun has shone for our trips. I have heard excellent reports from Year 4 in the Malvern Hills (superb, cloudless views from the top a just reward for the climb) and from France where Years 5 and 6 have enjoyed a happy mixture of outdoor activity, language, culture and food. Year 7 have taken on some demanding team-building challenges in the Isle of Wight in glorious seaside surroundings, while Year 8 in Sicily have been fully immersed in classical and contemporary culture (the latter unhelpfully in the form of a delayed flight but no doubt some gelati and pizze to compensate). I am deeply grateful to my colleagues all of whom have planned this week so meticulously and, by their practical support and dedication, have ensured the boys’ wellbeing and enjoyment. I’m sure parents will join me in expressing appreciation for their unstinting commitment.