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HEADS-UP!
Issue 12

8 July 2016

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Some schools stagger over the end-of-year finish line whereas I feel Warminster has sailed full steam ahead (not sure that this metaphor quite works!) towards the end of term, sails billowing in the wind. It has been a packed and wonderful final few weeks, and the stories below give a subtle flavour of everything that has gone on.
 
A key goal during the course of this academic year has been to start the process of improving and developing the School’s relationship with its former pupils, the Old Verlucians, and it was a great pleasure to host almost 150 of them at the inaugural OV Dinner in the Thomas Arnold Hall two weeks ago. It was a delightful evening, full of laughter, reminiscences and stories about school days, tales that were increasingly embellished as the night progressed. The feedback from those that attended has been effusive and extensive and we look forward already to next year’s dinner. It is lovely to witness and read of the affection that the old boys and girls have for their school. As I said on the night, the parents are an equally important component of the Warminster School community and we have also had a similarly enjoyable Mad Hatter’s Ball, organised by the tireless WSPA. I am sure that those parents and staff (as well as yet more OVs) who were there would want to join me in thanking Robin Stone and the Committee for their hard work. Sandwiched between the two dinners was the 2016 Sixth Form Ball; it too had a great atmosphere of fellowship and community. It even had that essential ingredient, an eccentric DJ – DJ Sammie – who took to heckling people as they left the dance floor. The theme that ran through all three occasions was the excellence of the food and service and I am, as ever, extremely grateful to the catering department for their dedication and professionalism. It was on display again at the CCF ‘Bloody Eleventh’ black-tie dinner, when we were privileged to welcome Brigadier (Retd) David Shaw as guest of honour.
 
The highlight in the Prep School has been the Year 5 & 6 production of Scheherazade and her Tales of the Arabian Nights. I was disappointed not to be here to see it, but many of those that did have been full of praise for the quality and enthusiasm of the pupils who took part. My congratulations to them and thank you to the staff who worked so hard to put the show on. In addition, the Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Schools have each enjoyed action-packed and impressive sports days.
 
Last week saw the Junior Sports Award Dinner in the Thomas Arnold Hall; congratulations to all those who won awards, but a special mention to the team of the year, the Under 15 boys’ hockey team, who were worthy recipients. We have also had two well-attended careers or mentoring evenings. As I said on Speech Day, please contact Terri Wilcox if you would be willing to assist with these valuable events for the pupils. 
 
On the academic front, this week has seen the publication of the recent IB results and I am thrilled to be able to announce that the School’s average points score has risen significantly this year to 34 points per pupil. More importantly, the sixth formers concerned have fulfilled their potential and got where they want to go. In addition, we have recently undergone the five year review by the IB Organisation of our delivery of the Diploma and passed with flying colours. 


Today marks Maggie Frost’s final day at Warminster School after a mind-boggling 36 years at the School. Those of you who were at Speech Day heard me pay tribute to her service, kindness and commitment. Since 1980 she has been an outstanding role model to hundreds of pupils. She is featured in the Spotlight section below and I am sure you would want to join me in thanking her for what she has done here and wishing her the very best for the future. She, and all the members of staff who depart today, will be missed.
 

Earlier today the CCF returned from a successful week-long summer camp in Norfolk, while over the holiday there are school trips to both Morocco and Cuba. The children (and staff) are fortunate indeed to have the opportunity for such experiences.

 
Some key dates for your diary are at the end of this letter; all of the events listed below are in the Senior School. Mr Titley will highlight the Prep School equivalents in his welcome back letter towards the end of the holiday.

The Autumn Term begins on Wednesday 7 September (boarders should return the day before) and finishes on Friday 16 December. Please note that there is an Open Morning (compulsory for all pupils) on Saturday 8 October. Half-term is from 4 p.m. on Friday 21 October to Monday 7 November. All term dates are on the website.



Mark Mortimer
@markd_mortimer


KEY DATES

Exam Results

A & AS Levels - Thursday 18 August
GCSE - Thursday 25 August

Autumn Term 2016
WSPA Welcome Coffee Morning - Wednesday 7 September
Year 7 Team Building - Friday 9 September
WSPA Drinks Reception for all Parents - Friday 9 September
WSPA Annual General Meeting - Monday 12 September
New Pupils Parents’ Evening - Friday 30 September
Open Morning for the whole school - Saturday 8 October
Sixth Form Information Evening - Wednesday 12 October
GCSE Parents’ Information Evening - Thursday 10 November
WSPA Fireworks Party - Friday 11 November
GREASE - Thursday, Friday, Saturday 17, 18, 19 November
Curriculum Enrichment Day - Wednesday 23 November
WSPA Christmas Fair - Saturday 3 December
A Candlelit Christmas in the Minster Church - Wednesday 7 December
WSPA Christmas Dinner and Dance - Saturday 10 December
End of Term Service - Friday 16 December

Latest News
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CONTINUED IB SUCCESS

8 JULY 2016
Continued IB Success for Warminster. Read more
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WHITE RABBITS AND MAD HATTERS

7 JULY 2016
White Rabbits and Mad Hatters at a 'curious' WSPA event. Read more
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HORSES, HATS AND HIP-HOP!

6 JULY 2016
It was horses, hats and hip-hop for Sixth Formers. Read more
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SIXTH FORMERS BRIGHTEN UP NURSERY

4 July 2016
Artistic Sixth Formers brighten up Mrs Cross's day. Read more
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SCHEHERAZADE AND SULTAN DELIGHTS

3 July 2016
Year 5 and 6 delighted us with their recent production. Read more
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SPORTS DAY 2016

3 July 2016
Arnold were this year's Sports Day victors. Read more
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LOVE OF LANGUAGES

1 July 2016
Success at languages and pop video competition. Read more
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OLD VERLUCIANS RETURN

30 JUNE 2016
We were delighted to welcome back our Old Verlucians. Read more
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OLYMPIC SPORT AND FUN

29 June 2016
An Olympic Junior Sports Awards. Read more
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CRACKING THE CODE AT BLETCHLEY

26 JUNE 2016
Ben Pearson gives us his account of visiting Bletchley Park. Read more
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PREP SPORTS ROUND UP

25 JUNE 2016
Mrs Butterworth provides a bumper sports report. Read more

WARMINSTER SPEED DATING

24 JUNE 2016
Relationships formed at 'Speed Date a Mentor'. Read more

There are fantastic images available on Flickr and available to order from DW Photography. Thank you to
Jon Edkins for capturing
Warminster at its best! 

Upcoming events
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TERM BEGINS

7 SEPTEMBER 2016
Boarders return Tuesday 6 September.
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SEPTEMBER DRINKS RECEPTION

9 September 2016
Reception hosted by the Headmaster and the WSPA Committee. All parents welcome. 
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CHARITY GALA DINNER

16 SEPTEMBER 2016
Gala Dinner in aid of Walking With The Wounded. Read more
Spotlight

MAGGIE FROST, HONORARY OLD VERLUCIAN & MATHS TEACHER

Maggie was brought up on a farm in Somerset, with an older brother and sister. Her siblings both went into farming, but Maggie's passion lay elsewhere as she wanted to continue playing sport for as long as possible. Maggie attended W.S.I.H.E, near Chichester for four years to train to become a teacher. Upon graduating she came straight to Warminster and has been with us ever since. She has worked at the School (both prep and senior) primarily as a teacher of PE and games, with mathematics as a second subject. In those years she has also been a boarding housemistress, Head of Arnold House for five years (the best House as far as she is concerned!), head of girls’ games and both a form and boarding house tutor. She has also coached a wide variety of sports at all levels across the School. In her younger years, she was an outstanding sportswoman, particularly at cricket, in which she won county and international recognition, as well as an active participant in a wide range of outdoor activities. She was also instrumental in starting the Warminster Ladies Hockey club. Maggie can often be found behind the Dining Hall servery, feeding her beloved pupils at mealtimes, particularly at Christmas wearing festive head-gear. Her dedication and service to Warminster was recently recognised when the Headmaster awarded her the honour of becoming an honorary Old Verlucian, something rarely awarded to staff. read more

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