Shrewsbury School

eNewsletter: Friday 18th September 2020

Welcome to the latest eNewsletter

An Introduction from Headmaster, Leo Winkley

Dr Samuel Johnson is one of the most quoted figures in English literary history.  The creator of the dictionary and a genuine celebrity of his time, Johnson’s one-liners are legendary.  The 18th September is his birthday and this prompted me to dip into the treasure trove of his many sayings.  There are many witticisms to enjoy – I recommend a Google search – but the one that stood out in current times is Johnson’s assurance that: “Life affords no higher pleasure than the surmounting of difficulties”. 

These are difficult times, for sure.  And, in our corner of the world, we are having to find solutions to new challenges every day.  The pupils continue to display wonderful energy, as well as good-hearted acceptance of the measures we have in place to keep them, and our staff, safe.  Equally, there is abundant positivity and much enjoyment of the academic, co-curricular and house life.  I have enjoyed dipping into some lessons this week and seeing the learning in action.  Johnson notes that “A man’s [by which he meant person’s] mind grows narrow in a narrow place.”  I see Shrewsbury as a place of breadth in all things.

We have now hit a good rhythm and the pupils and staff have been busy for all 7 days of a week blessed with benign, warm weather.  Last Sunday saw a Shrewsbury first with the girls’ house football – a pupil initiative and a signal of things to come.  This newsletter offers further examples of the variety of life here and our many links beyond Kingsland.  I hope you enjoy catching up with our news.    

The last word this week goes to Johnson who advised that: “None but a fool worries about things he cannot influence”.  As we move into week 3 of this new academic year, travelling in difficult times, we will continue to focus on the things that are within our control.  That is, giving the pupils the best care and challenge that we possibly can.

With best wishes to all Salopian households.

Leo Winkley


An update from Peter Middleton, Deputy Head Co-Curricular

It is good to be back.

This has been something of a refrain since term began with both staff and pupils thrilled to be back on campus and enjoying the rich variety of Salopian life once again.  We’ve benefited from some quite glorious late summer weather, but more than anything it is the radiance of a campus coming to life with the sights and sounds of pupils and staff living and learning together again that has made for such a vibrant first fortnight.

Please follow this link to read the full update from Peter Middleton

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