Latest House/Pastoral News

Please find below various articles on inter-house competitions, house plays etc.  Please also see the individual house pages for their own news and photos.

2016

Friday 16 September 2016

  • Third Form Foundation Fortnight Photo Gallery
    ‘Foundation Fortnight’ is an important bit of ring-fenced time for our new Third Formers to find their feet. At the end of a packed programme of inductions to sport, music and other activities, we hope that they are all left with a feeling of excitement that, as they settle in to life at Shrewsbury, huge possibilities and opportunities await them.

    Please click on the image below to view a gallery of photos that show a little of what the Third Form have been up to over the past two weeks:

Tuesday 6 September 2016

  • Historic moment for co-education at Shrewsbury
    It has been exciting to see co-education at Shrewsbury grow and flourish year on year since we welcomed our first girls into the Sixth Form in 2008. At the beginning of this new academic year, we reach another in a series of co-education ‘landmark moments’ at the School, as we celebrate having a full cohort of girls in every year group.

    The move to full co-education in 2014 has been very successful. As our first ever cohort of Third Form girls now enter the Fifth Form, all three of our girls’ houses are full to capacity. Over the summer, it was good to see work begin on a year-long refurbishment of Moser’s Hall to convert it into our fourth girls’ house. We are looking forward to welcoming our first contingent of Moserite girls next September.

    It is interesting to note that with over 60 girls in the Lower Sixth and a combined total of over 120 girls in the Sixth Form, we are now the biggest independent centre for girls’ Sixth Form education in the county.

    There is a raging national debate about the exam advantages of single-sex or co-educational education.  It is very good to demonstrate from our own experience that the Shrewsbury girls are performing at an exceptional level.  At A2 and Pre-U level, an A*-B rate of 89% puts them on a par with some leading London selective day schools and demonstrates that they are certainly well out in front when it comes to the performance of girls in the North West.  Contributing to these strong results has been a very good record of involvement and success both in mathematics and the sciences, giving the lie to any notion that ‘girls won’t do sums in a co-ed school’.

    Our brand new AstroTurf pitches have already been christened with the first of this season’s hockey training sessions. We are also very much looking forward to the official opening on 19th September by GB hockey player Simon Mantell, fresh from the Rio Olympics. As well as powering ahead in the classroom, our girls are already gathering their own sporting accolades and making a very significant contribution in supporting Shrewsbury’s great sporting heritage.

    Mark Turner
    Headmaster

     

Friday 4 March 2016

  • Sam Mitchell (Rb UVI) directs the Radbrook and Port Hill House Play 'Twelve Angry Men'
    A review by Shrewsbury's Head of Drama Helen Brown.

    Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose is a 20th century classic; since it was first produced in 1957 it has been a staple of the repertoire. Its ongoing popularity is due to the fact that it raises universal questions about the extent to which we are all prey to our prejudices and assumptions. The play is set in a courtroom on a hot summer’s day: the twelve men of the title are the jurors in an apparently open-and-shut murder case. However, as the play progresses, it become clear that nothing is quite as it seems, and even the most seemingly straightforward facts are open to question.

     

    The day boys’ production, directed by Sam Mitchell with consummate professionalism, captured the play’s building tension. One of the challenges of directing a very wordy and potentially static play is filling the stage with dynamic movement, and it is great credit to the ensemble that they managed to keep the piece visually interesting, whilst focusing on telling the story.

    Particular credit should go to Dan Iles and Ben King, who were unafraid to own the stage as they gave vent to their character’s – frequently repugnant – views. This is truly an ensemble piece, and each of the jurors deserve praise for the way that they established a clearly defined character, from Antoine Legeais as the European immigrant to Alec Barnes as a kind but lonely old man. The production was, however, held together by Luke Lloyd-Jones as the honourable juror eight, whose fundamental decency and refusal to give in to prejudice ultimately saves the defendant’s life.

    Congratulations to all involved.
    HRB

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Friday 1 January 2016

  • News will be published here shortly for 2016
    In the meantime, please follow the link (above right) to our 2015 news.
  • News will be published here shortly for 2016
    In the meantime, please follow the link (above right) to our 2015 news.