Shrewsbury School

eNewsletter: Friday 26th February 2021

Welcome to the latest eNewsletter

An Introduction from Headmaster, Leo Winkley


Celebrating the effort, endeavour and enterprise of Salopians - Please follow this link for details of this week's Floreat. Below is an image from this week's Floreat.

New challenge set for Salopian community following success of #40in40

After the success of our #40in40 challenge, and more so our #80in40 addition, it was decided that an extra task could be set before our return to school.

Salopians, staff and the Shrewsbury School community grabbed the challenge of accumulating enough miles to circumnavigate the globe in 40 days with both hands, so much so that altogether 81,283km was covered in 40 days.

With just over a week to go until pupils are back on site, it was decided that there was enough time to squeeze in another challenge!

Director of Sport Andrew Pembleton said: “I can’t help thinking there is a little more left in the tank!  So, we have two challenges which we would love you to get involved in:

“Firstly, can we visit all of our Sister Schools before the 8th March i.e. log enough activity on Strava to get from Shrewsbury to visit the Shrewsbury Schools in Bangkok and on to Hong Kong.  That would be 11,000km in 10 days!

 “This second one that got me thinking about doing something differently - could we, before the end of the Lent term through elevation alone, visit the International Space Station which currently orbits earth at a height of 408,000m (408km) above earth. Can we climb that high?”

The task has been set – can we as a community squeeze in more walking, running, biking – anything to get us to match the distance to our Sister Schools, or climb high enough to reach the International Space Station.

After the success of the previous lockdown challenge, we are sure to see some big numbers that will help the community continue the level of activity it has boasted so far. 

Andrew added: “I can speak for many, when I say that I am incredibly proud of how you have all engaged with the Strava Challenge thus far, the benefits of staying physically active are well known and means that we can hit the ground running when we welcome you back on site on the 8th of March.

“Let’s see if we can achieve these two remarkable goals!”

Old Salopian to host talk on his journey studying art and ‘Creating The Rafiki Gallery’

Old Salopian Leo Sartain (SH, 2011-16) will be hosting a talk entitled ‘Creating The Rafiki Gallery’, describing his journey from art history student to gallery-owner and art consultant at home in Edinburgh and beyond.

Leo Sartain left Shrewsbury School in 2016 to read History of Art at Edinburgh University.

Upon leaving Shrewsbury he was awarded the history of art prize.

While studying at University, Leo launched The Rafiki Gallery and has since gone on to sell and buy art from several modern and contemporary artists, along with hosting a number of exhibitions in Edinburgh and online.

The Rafiki Gallery is an Edinburgh-based Art Gallery and dealership that works with an exciting selection of emerging artists and hosts a varied selection of events and sales throughout the year.

Rather than following the standard gallery model, The Rafiki Gallery hosts pop up events and exhibitions while showcasing art in a variety of independent venues across the city and via online catalogues.

The Rafiki Gallery is committed to offering a more accessible approach to both viewing and engaging with art.

The talk takes place on Monday, March 1st at 5pm.

To watch the talk over Zoom on Monday please email Meg Elliot  

Launch of Global Schools' Running Race

Please follow this link for more information

World Book Day Event Live: Friday 5th March 10.15-11.00 am

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, we have arranged a virtual author visit with Alex Wheatle, the award-winning author of Straight Outta Crongton, Liccle Bit, Home Boy, Cane Warriors and The Humiliation of Welton Blake.

Alex’s books are packed with passion and energy, but also wit and a huge amount of empathy for the characters. Alex grew up in care and his turbulent childhood was dramatised in an episode of Steve McQueen’s recent Small Axe BBC drama series. His latest novel for teenagers Cane Warriors is shortlisted for the Shrewsbury School Book Award 2021.

Parents and friends of the school (and sixth form pupils not in lessons) are very welcome to listen in live. Please follow this link to join

A recording of the event will also be available from Monday 8th March.

Chapel Podcast for Sunday 28th February 2021

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