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HEADS-UP!
Issue 11

17 june 2016

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Mark Mortimer

For the fourth year in a row, Speech Day was blessed by lovely weather, the School looked superb, the cakes were delicious and it was, once again, a wonderful occasion. The tone was set by the quality of the performance of the choir during the Commemoration Service, while the sermon by Jacques Desrosier, Rector at the Minster, was the first of two outstanding talks we heard on the day. His exhortation to the pupils to serve others was thought-provoking and timely; in Assembly this week I quoted the last line:

 

“So over the next 20, 30 years you’ll be very busy building your lives, your career, your businesses, your relationships and all that jazz – making the best of your life - and remember ‘to be of use’.”

 

During Prize Giving we were treated to an equally impressive speech by the Visitor, Joy Odili, a former pupil and now successful consultant plastic surgeon. Her reflections on her time at the School, what she learned here both in and beyond the classroom and on her life after school, were articulate, entertaining and packed with good advice. For me, what resonated most was this:

 

“Whatever you choose, make the most of your opportunities, and be the person you are most proud of. Work hard and make your weaknesses your strength. This will help you adapt to any situation you encounter. Finally when you get there, when you reach your goal, when you have sat that last exam, and received that last accolade, remember to reach down and help someone else up the ladder.”

 

The night before Speech Day, there was the eagerly awaited staple of the school calendar that is Poetry & Prose. For once, it was a warm evening and, as usual, a hugely enjoyable evening, not least because of the contrast with the formality of the following day. As one parent wrote in an email to me the following week:

 

“I also thought there’s a wonderful contrast between Speech Day and Poetry and Prose evening, but actually they’re just two sides of the same coin….I thoroughly enjoyed its almost festival-like air. It’s lovely that all the children support each other and are so willing simply to have a go, and all without looking for glory, just enjoying themselves.”

 

Hear, hear.

 

A review of Poetry & Prose and Speech Day, with links to the speeches referred to above (as well as mine) are below, as is an account of the very successful Year 6 trip to France in the week leading up to half-term.

 

In the fortnight since the break, the highlight has been three magnificent performances of the Lower School production, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, in the round in a big-top in the school grounds. Those of you fortunate enough to have seen it will agree, I am sure, that it was a triumph of ambition, energy, talent, hard work and enthusiasm from all the staff and pupils involved; it was hard to believe that none of the actors was older than 14. The audience was transfixed. The School is lucky indeed to have such a dedicated and visionary drama department, assisted by such talented performers.

 

There has also been a good deal of sport, particularly girls’ and boys’ cricket and details of this are below, as well an account of a very successful Under 13 cricket tour to Guernsey last weekend. This afternoon saw an equally enjoyable and successful Prep School Sports Day. Congratulations to all of those involved; meanwhile, good luck to all those participating in next week’s Year 5 & 6 production.

 

So many visitors to the School comment favourably on the appearance and presentation of the School, both grounds and facilities, as well as the quality of the catering. We are fortunate indeed to have such a committed, professional and hard-working support staff. This week (below) the spotlight falls on a key member of the team, Graham Kitley, the Grounds Manager.

 

The last three weeks of term are characteristically full. I look forward to seeing many of you at one or more of the events that mark the end of the school year.


Mark Mortimer
@markd_mortimer

 

Latest News

NARNIA HITS THE 'BIG-TOP'

15 JUNE 2016
Audiences were spellbound by a magical and thrilling performance. Read more
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READING ON THE GO

14 JUNE 2016
Reading anywhere and everywhere. Read more
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SPORTS ROUND UP

11 JUNE 2016
The U13 cricket squad travelled to Guernsey. Read more
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SPEECH DAY 2016

10 JUNE 2016
The weather was kind and helped set the scene for a memorable Speech Day. Read more
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PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS?

7 JUNE 2016
Croissants appropriés pour Madame Mortimer. Read more
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A PERFECT POETRY AND PROSE

6 JUNE 2016
We were entertained by a perfect and warm Poetry and Prose evening. Read more

AWARDED FOR OUR ECO-FRIENDLINESS

5 June 2016
We were delighted to win the Regional Winners Award at the Bath & West Show. Read more

Final chance to book tickets for the WSPA Summer Ball
More info

Upcoming events
25
JUNE

OLD VERLUCIAN BLACK TIE DINNER

25 JUNE 2016
Inaugural Black Tie Dinner for Old Verlucians.  
1
JULY

SIXTH FORM SUMMER BALL

01 July 2016
Marquee - Boniface Lawn.
2
JULY

WSPA MAD HATTER'S BALL

02 July 2016
The WSPA host a curious event. Read more
8
JULY

END OF TERM

08 July 2016
Term ends at 4.00pm.
7
SEP

TERM BEGINS

7 SEPTEMBER 2016
Boarders return Tuesday 6 September.
16
SEP

CHARITY GALA DINNER

16 SEPTEMBER 2016
Gala Dinner in aid of Walking With The Wounded. Read more
23
SEP

SEPTEMBER DRINKS RECEPTION

23 September 2016
Reception hosted by the Headmaster and the WSPA Committee. All parents welcome. 
Spotlight

GRAHAM KITLEY, GROUNDS MANAGER

Graham has been Warminster’s Grounds Manager for almost four years and is responsible for our 60-acre estate. He began his career as Head Gardener and has now taken the School grounds to the next level with pitch improvements and overseeing various new facilities, including new outdoor cricket nets. Graham has always lived in the Warminster area and settled in the village of Heytesbury with his girlfriend Becky and two cocker spaniels, Maisie and Pepsi. Football and cricket are a massive part of his life and he represents the county and his home town at football. Family and friends are very important and being outdoors, doing the job he loves is the icing on the cake for our dedicated Grounds Manager. read more

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