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HEADS-UP!
Issue 15

10 OCTOBER 2016

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We delayed this edition of Heads-Up until after Saturday’s Open Morning, so that we could send it with a link to the School’s promotional film that was shown for the first time on Open Morning. I very much hope you enjoy and please let Emma Brumby know if you have any feedback or observations. We asked the filmmaker to focus on the atmosphere and sense of community at the School; I hope you feel that it does that, that it is authentic and that is captures the essence and ethos of the School. There was a lot of footage shot, so there will be more to come. Watch this space.

 

Open Morning was a tremendous success, with more than eighty families visiting the School, the great majority of whom were here for the very first time. Many of them have children at schools that haven’t before had much connection with Warminster School. Several had made the journey from London solely to visit the School. As I said when I spoke to the visitors collectively in the Thomas Arnold Hall, I can say what I like about the School, but it is merely hot air unless they witnessed and experienced it for themselves. Talking to them after their tours, it is clear that the great majority had indeed picked up on what I believe to be the real strengths of the School. In no small part, that is because your sons and daughters were, as ever, wonderful advertisements and ambassadors for the School. Many visitors spoke in glowing terms about the sense of camaraderie, the relationship between pupils of different ages, the pupils’ cheerfulness, their articulate and engaging manner and their enthusiasm. Naturally, I was delighted to hear this but not in the least surprised, and I thanked the pupils in Assembly this morning. I know that many of you, the parents, are also wonderful ambassadors for Warminster and I am very grateful.

 

Open Morning aside, the last fortnight has been typically frenetic – an outstanding Thomas Arnold lecture by Sir Hayden Phillips, an eminent former civil servant and Chairman of the National Theatre, an excellent mentoring evening for the Upper Sixth, lots of sport (including the inter-house cross-country championship), a CCF weekend on Salisbury Plain and the Forest School and a day of activities to mark the European Day of languages. This afternoon we also enjoyed a successful biennial inspection of the School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF), which also included the cadets from our CCF partnership school, Matravers in Westbury. Lovely to have a significant number of their younger pupils involved here. The inspecting officer was Colonel Mark Nash, the Commandant Wiltshire Army Cadets, paying his first visit to the School.

 

I also spent four days away in Stratford-upon-Avon at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. As you may well have seen, the event received a lot of press coverage and it was a thought-provoking opportunity to reflect on many topical and important educational issues and the role of the independent sector in those matters. These are fascinating – and challenging – times for private schools and for education in the wider sphere. Warminster is fortunate to have a body of enlightened and forward-thinking governors who are aware of the changing landscape in 2016.  

 

This week I look forward to seeing Year 11 parents attend the Sixth Form information evening in the TA Hall on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.  
 


Mark Mortimer
@markd_mortimer

 

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Upcoming events
12
OCT

SIXTH FORM INFORMATION EVENING

12 OCTOBER 2016
7.00pm, Thomas Arnold Hall.
20
OCT

WSPA PREP HALLOWEEN DISCO

20 OCTOBER 2016
Prep School Hall - 6.00-8.30pm. Read more
21
OCT

UPPER SIXTH PARENTS' EVENING

21 OCTOBER 2016
4.00-6.00pm, Sports Hall.
21
OCT

HALF TERM

21 October 2016
Half Term begins at 4.00pm.
6
NOV

BOARDERS RETURN

6 NOVEMBER 2016
Boarders return 4.00-8.00pm.
Spotlight

Emily Harris, Head of Drama               

Emily has been teaching for over 15 years and also practices as a Dramatherapist. Her passion is classical theatre and she has been enormously inspired by the work of Cicely Berry CBE, who is the voice director of the RSC. That said, she enjoys modern drama and is always keen to push the boundaries. She has performed in a number of plays on the fringe and worked on a couple of shorts.  She moved from London to Frome in 2014 and enjoys the vintage markets and country walks. With her three young children, life is never dull and it has been a new challenge returning to work. Emily has also directed productions, including Webster's, 'The White Devil',  Tennessee Williams' 'Orpheus Descending',  Kane's '4:48 Psychosis', Lloyd Webber's 'Evita'  and Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.   She thoroughly enjoyed her first production at Warminster, and the opportunity to direct Goold's adaptation of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' in a Big-Top circus tent.  This year's 'Grease'  the musical promises to be a lot of fun. read more

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