Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 28th april 2017
Welcome back to the new term and I trust everyone had a good holiday with plenty of diversions from the usual routines. Judging by the holiday diaries I’ve received, there has been plenty of imagination and enterprise on the part of boys (and parents!) to enable some enjoyable days.
The Choir had a very successful tour to the United States, taking in New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbia, Charleston and Atlanta. I understand the boys were outstanding ambassadors for the Choir and School, delighting enthusiastic audiences with their music and natural good manners. Apparently, they were as at ease in receptions as they were on the concert platform and, of course, appreciative of such treats (courtesy of a kind American supporter) as stretch limo ride around New York!
It has been a characteristically busy start with everyone getting down to work and play with infectious energy. Alas the weather has also been characteristic for the start of the cricket season, but the boys have dutifully braved the cold to hone their skills for what we hope will be those sunnier afternoons of house and school matches. Away from the NCS playing fields boys and parents have not been idle over the holidays. Callan McMillan’s U11 Oxford Rugby team won the Newbury Festival beating nearly 30 other teams along the way to victory. Dr Coleman-Jones (mother of Freddie and Henry) ran the London Marathon on Sunday and, despite suffering recent injuries, put in a brilliant time of 3 hours and 29 minutes. Henry Channon has been back on the athletics track competing in the Wessex League in Bournemouth in the 800 metres. Racing for Oxford City AC, he ran an outstanding race winning by 2 seconds and crossing the line in an astonishing 2 minutes 16 seconds. Not only has he smashed the School record, he also broke a long-standing Oxford club record and is now ranked the Number 1 athlete in Great Britain over this distance in the U13 age group! This is a magnificent achievement of which we are all very proud and we congratulate him wholeheartedly. The applause from his fellow pupils in assembly this week said it all!