Welcome to the latest eNewsletter
An Introduction from Headmaster, Leo Winkley
The arrival of the national holiday of Thanksgiving over in the United States coincided with news this side of the pond of the tier system that comes into force when the current English lockdown ends on 2nd December. We know that Shropshire will be in Tier 2 which means we continue to operate very much as we have been over recent weeks. The various limits and controls have been sensibly adopted and become the ‘normal for now’: a matter of habit. Learning, performing, creating, sharing, socialising – all these things and many more have proved possible, just in new and different ways. Some things remain beyond us: the affinity that draws Shrewsbury pupils and staff together still holds strong, but at a stand-offish distance that feels distinctly un-Shrewsbury. We like eating together; we enjoy idle chat in mixed aged groups; we prefer to be able roam free. These things will return in time. And, even within the normal for now, there is so much about daily life that is unaltered.
This week we entered the final quarter of term after a collective 48 hour pause for a Coach Weekend. More than 150 pupils chose to remain in school, and many of our international community are now preparing to travel home, or already accessing their learning online. The final fortnight – which some are dubbing Festive Fortnight – will see some carefully planned Christmas cheer and charitable giving, alongside the serious business of learning. We intend to make the most of every day, and to enjoy the close of this term to the full, always being mindful of the restrictions we all need to observe. House Singing, Christmas Carols Service, Steeplechases, House Sport finals and numerous other events will sweep us forward together. Academic learning remains central to all we do, even in these times of face coverings, hand sanitiser and black & yellow tape. As well as scanning for the expected DfE announcements on details of the summer 2021 examination session, our eyes are fixed securely on the present possibilities of the classroom. This is where we are in full control and can have maximal effect.
As our friends over the Atlantic contemplate the possibilities of new leadership, we might take time to look back at the impact of the 45th president’s credo and style. Alternatively, as with much about this particular year, we might prefer to look forward to what lies ahead. We certainly have so much to appreciate, even in testing times, and much to anticipate in the months ahead.
This latest edition of the newsletter gives plentiful evidence of the bounty of learning and community life at Shrewsbury. Bounty for which I, for one, remain very thankful. I hope you enjoy it!
As ever, I send my best wishes from Kingsland to all Salopian households.
Celebrating the effort, endeavour and enterprise of Salopians - Please follow this link for details of this week's Floreat
The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020
A message from the Headmaster detailing support for this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, which begins next week on Tuesday 1st December.
Supporting The Shewsy's Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020
It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to the Shewsy’s Big Give Christmas Challenge for 2020 and to ask for your support in reaching the £20,000 fundraising target which, if achieved, will be doubled via secured external match-funding.
As you know, our relationship with the Shewsy is one that we cherish – all staff and students at the school have the opportunity to get to know the Shewsy, to learn about its history and to understand the crucial role it plays today in serving its community in Everton and wider locality.
As the week of the Big Give unfolds, 1st December to 8th December, you’ll hear messages from the Shewsy and from the School in support of their Christmas Challenge – please take the time to listen to what is said, to learn more about our partnership with the Shewsy and the amazing work that it does and, above all, support where you are able.
Stuart Cowper, Head of Partnerships and Community Engagement
The Big 'Green' Draw and House Art Competition
A film showcasing this year's Big 'Green' Draw with an introduction from Lucy Caddel, Head of Art Faculty.
St Cecilia Concert Highlights
Please see below highlights of our recent St Cecilia Concert with an introduction from Stephen Williams, Director of Music