Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 25th may 2018
Enterprise, altruism and generosity have been in abundant supply this week as the boys have set about Charity Week (in aid of the Alexandra House of Joy www.alexandrahouseofjoy.co.uk) with great commitment. Today we have had the fun of Home Clothes Day and, through the week, have enjoyed a bumper lot of cakes, several competitions (dodgeball, table tennis, the ping-pong chute challenge, a world cup team draw) and a 50% sale in the Eco Shop. Many of these activities have been initiated and organised by the boys with the thoughtful support and encouragement of my colleagues. My thanks to all, particularly our Charity Co-ordinator, Miss Cawood. I’m delighted to report that we have raised £451.09 to go towards building what will surely be a vital local centre for adults with learning disabilities.
As you know, I firmly believe that our charity weeks are not just about raising money, but also about raising the boys’ awareness of their responsibilities to others who may be less fortunate than themselves. In two assemblies this week about we were asked to consider what key features constitute a civilisation. (I wonder how many families have watched BBC Two’s Civilisations series; there may be some too who remember Kenneth Clark’s much earlier Civilisation series). Among the more tangible are, of course, planned urban development, sophisticated art and architecture and formal systems of government. But if we look around the world at the great civilisations of the past and present, equally important is an ordered set of philosophical or religious values. And surely, the sense of responsibility and decency towards our fellow humans has got to be at the top of any civilised community’s list. So well done to your sons on such an unaffected demonstration of their civilised values this week.
Well done to all who played in the Senior Concerts on Wednesday and to the Music Department for all their input. There were some beautiful and assured performances and certainly the depth and range of instrumental music at the upper end of the School is truly impressive. For those in Year 8, it was their last Senior Concert and we particularly thank them for all they have contributed to music at NCS.
Sport. This week has been a mixed week in terms of weather and with that we unfortunately lost our first match of the season to the rain! But before the damp set in, the U13 teams entertained us royally with the 1st XI playing D’Overbroeck’s on Monday and an ‘all-stars’ team playing the Dragon on Wednesday. In both games, we bowled first and, on both occasions, restricted our opponents to competitive, but achievable, totals of around the 80-90 runs mark. George Herbert, in particular, bowled very well on Monday for the 1st XI with a controlled display which was economical and produced wickets. With the bat, our top order continues to be slightly frustrating for the coaches: after several hours of training we should be seeing a little more patience and resilience at the crease in order to try and build an innings. Nonetheless, after finding ourselves in trouble at 14-4 from 5 overs, it was Jamie Kilroy, recently up from the 2nd team, and Joseph Conway who put on 60 runs for the 5th wicket and thus ensured a chance of winning the game. Joseph’s 29 and Jamie’s 23 not out certainly saved us on this occasion with both boys hitting the ball well on both sides of the wicket. Unfortunately, we had a similar start on Wednesday afternoon as the Dragon had NCS at 5 for 5 from only 4 overs! An early finish was surely on the cards. But this time Callan McMillan and Reuben McLusky had other ideas: they added 50 runs to keep us in the game. At the nail-biting finale, Rafe Simpson and Thomas Simpson ran every one of the next 10 balls to get us to within 1 run. Thomas was run out trying to secure the win but, with one ball remaining, Rafe Simpson and Narian Madar scraped through with a bye to win by 1 run! Both teams have the Year 7 batsmen to thank this week, but let’s hope the Year 8 boys can add to the total in the next outing after half term. This week has certainly been highly encouraging!