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HEADS-UP!
Issue 18

2 december 2016

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As you can see from the many stories listed below, it has been a very busy couple of weeks in the life of the School. The production of ‘Grease – the Musical’ in The Athenaeum was outstanding and I am very grateful to the many parents who have contacted us to pass on their congratulations. What struck me, apart from the sheer talent of those on the stage, was the number of pupils involved and the evident enjoyment they had in performing and in sharing the experience with one another. It was also lovely to see the pupils performing to packed houses each night, and to see the audience so enthused as well.

 

Last week, many of us were privileged to be in the Thomas Arnold Hall to hear a talk by a man called Chris Lubbe. It is rare to listen to such an inspiring, moving and powerful presentation and it was quite clear that everyone in attendance was spellbound. Chris is a South African, designated as ‘coloured’ under the Apartheid laws, who became an ANC activist and colleague of both Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela; he was the latter’s bodyguard during his time as President. The story of his life that Chris recounted was astonishing: from a shanty town outside Durban to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. While he told many entertaining stories about his time with Mandela (Princess Diana, the Spice Girls and Michael Jackson all got a mention), it was his account of the brutality of life as a non-white under Apartheid that was so enthralling. I have never seen pupils so engaged by a visiting speaker; he asked each of them to make a point of thanking their parents for the educational opportunities they have at Warminster and reminded them that millions of children in the world would do anything to have a similar experience. Chris brought his talk to a close by quoting his friend, Nelson Mandela:

 

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

 

He urged all of us never to turn a blind eye to injustice, prejudice or intolerance but to serve others and to stand up for what we know to be right. He also emphasised the importance of seizing opportunities, resilience, determination and persistence – all qualities that have shaped his life. I hope that Chris will return annually to speak to the pupils here.

 

Please also read about the School’s PSHE programme (Personal, Social, Health Education). It’s an area of school life that is becoming ever-more important. You can also read below about the TeachMeet that we hosted last week: it was lovely to welcome teachers to the School from state and independent, primary and senior schools to spend some time chatting about teaching and learning. I was also delighted to see sixth form pupils involved in the event. We shall certainly hold another one.

 

There are two weeks until the end of term and, as usual, they are busy. The WSPA Christmas Fayre tomorrow morning, the Candlelit Christmas (what was Carols by Candlelight) next Wednesday, the Prep Nativity Play, the WSPA Christmas Dinner & Dance, the Prep Carol Service, Curriculum Enrichment Day, Year 11 Michaelmas Dinner….the list goes on. I look forward to seeing many of you at one or more of these events.

 


Mark Mortimer
@markd_mortimer

 

Latest News

A CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS

2 DECEMBER 2016
The Music Department kick-start our seasonal festivities. Read more
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FREEDOM FIGHTER TELLS HIS STORY

1 DECEMBER 2016
We were delighted to welcome the inspirational Chris Lubbe. Read more
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PUPILS ENJOY POWERFUL PLAY

30 November 2016
A Level pupils enjoy a powerful trip to the theatre. Read more
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A TRIP TO TWICKENHAM

29 NOVEMBER 2016
Mr Morison enjoys his 'Quiet Weekend' at Twickenham. Read more
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POWER FOR GOOD

28 NOVEMBER 2016
New Head of PSHE is doing a power of good. Read more
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MFL ARE SHIPWRECKED

27 NOVEMBER 2016
The MFL department are 'all at sea'. Read more
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PREP SOLOIST CONCERT

24 NOVEMBER 2016
Fine sounds from our young musicians. Read more
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GOLD STAR FOR TEACHMEET

25 NOVEMBER 2016
We host our first TeachMeet. Read more
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ROBERTSON'S RAVE REVIEW

23 NOVEMBER 2016
Grease receives a rave review from Mr Robertson. Read more
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ROVING TRAVELS WITH MRS RODRIGUEZ

21 NOVEMBER 2016
More travels and tales from Cognac. Read more

**IT'S THE WSPA CHRISTMAS FAYRE TOMORROW. PLEASE COME ALONG - 10-1PM IN THE SPORTS HALL**

Upcoming events
3
DEC

WSPA CHRISTMAS FAYRE

3 DECEMBER 2016
Kick-starting the festive season at Warminster. Read more
7
DEC

A CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS

7 DECEMBER 2016
A Candlelit Christmas in the Minster Church.
10
DEC

WSPA CHRISTMAS DINNER & DANCE *almost sold out*

10 DECEMBER 2016
The WSPA host their sparkling festive event. Read more
15
DEC

PREP CAROL SERVICE

15 DECEMBER 2016
Prep Carol Service at the Minster Church at 6.00pm.
16
DEC

END OF TERM

16 DECEMBER 2016
Term ends at 4.00pm.
Spotlight

Matthew Fothergill, Head of Key Stage 2
Matthew was born in Sheffield and began his working life as an apprentice engineer for a refrigeration company.  At 19 he moved to Gibraltar to work with one of his brothers and met his wife, Julie.  They settled in Wiltshire and continued for ten years in the same industry until a chance meeting with a ‘mature’ trainee teacher at a friend’s barbecue led to an “I could do that” moment for Matthew and a five-year period of retraining.  He began his teaching career at Warminster Prep twelve years ago, teaching a wonderful Year 1 class (who are now in Year 13 and will leave Warminster next year). His two daughters, Ashleigh and Beth, were already Prep School pupils for several years before he started working at Warminster, so he knew the school and staff well.  Nevertheless, he found it quite daunting and enlightening seeing both sides of the desk.  Matthew supports Sheffield Wednesday and can even remember when they were good!  Fishing is a hobby that he keeps returning to and in recent years he has been known to dress in lycra in an effort to keep fit on the roads of the South West. read more

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