Welcome to the latest eNewsletter
An Introduction from Headmaster, Leo Winkley
Audience (noun): the assembled spectators or listeners at a public event such as a play, film, concert, or meeting.
Never have I more fully appreciated the pleasure and privilege of being a member of an audience than in the past week at School. The cultural diary has sprung back to life as Stage 3 of the road map came into effect on 17th May in England. The Barnes Theatre has seen three evenings of Drama this week: the brilliant medley of four Fourth Form devised pieces was followed by the mature intensity of the Upper Sixth Scripted performances; we then had the hilarious intrigue of the pupil-directed Churchill’s house play, The 39 Steps. In addition to enjoying those three wonderful evenings, I was glad to listen to Diploma level saxophone and flute at Monday’s lunchtime concert in the Maidment and savour the prospect of enjoying the Lower School concert in the Alington Hall on Friday evening. For the first time in over a year, we were able to share these great creative moments with parents of the performers able to join the in-person audience.
Thursday’s Field Day was not blessed with the most clement weather – in fact it was awful - but the programme went ahead undaunted. Third, Fourth and Lower Sixth Form were involved in an array of activities off-site and on-site. Adventurous activities such as dinghy sailing, indoor surfing, mountain biking, rambling, expedition training and scuba-diving were matched by gentler pursuits such as willow sculpture, creative writing, film-making, music tech, STEM challenge and coding. There were courses in dance and training in self-protection. Volunteering provided a strong strand with the Global Social Leaders preparing ‘grow your own food’ kits; pupils singing and performing for care home residents; the junior volunteering group litter-picking in the local community and sports leaders working with primary school children.
Meanwhile, the Fifth and Upper Sixth Form were nobly engaged in the ongoing assessment process. With the rather hostile weather, they may have been content to be indoors in scholarly mode. Likewise, I have been making my way around all the Third Form teaching groups to get to know them in the classroom and teaching a spot of Philosophy and Theology. With one more week to the Exeat break we will all be looking to squeeze the value out of the remaining lessons and then take a breather.
Next week we will share further details on planned events for the second half of term, including Speech Day and the Leavers’ Event. In the meanwhile, this latest edition of the newsletter should provide plenty of good reading as we look forward to being able to bring parents back on site for more events in the future. It’s been too long…
As ever, we send the very best of wishes from a windswept but cheerful Salop.
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