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HEADS-UP!
Issue 8
29 April 2016

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Mark Mortimer

Although the summer term is only two weeks old, a great deal has already been crammed in. There was a delightful tea party on School House lawn to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen and then a superb chapel service to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. At lunch that day there were some wonderful, impromptu recitals by both pupils and staff of some of his plays and sonnets.

 

As you will read below, we were fortunate, particularly in the context of the bizarre fluctuations in weather that have been occurring, to have a full opening weekend of sporting fixtures. The advent of the cricket season is always a welcome sign of the arrival of the summer term. This week has also seen, in the senior part of the School, the leavers’ barbecue and the Senior Sports Award dinner; it was a pleasure to welcome to the School as the guest of honour, Anna Stembridge, the former England and current Team Bath netball coach. She gave an inspirational talk and presented the awards – congratulations to the boys’ 1st XI hockey team who were chosen as Team of the Year.

 

In the Prep School, I am delighted that, already this term, every child in Years 3-6 has represented the School on the sports field and girls’ cricket continues to thrive. As an aspiration, I would like a school where there are only ‘sports’, rather than girls’ and boys’ sports. We are well on our way to achieving this. I am also pleased to report that Forest School is going from strength-to-strength and was even named by School House magazine as one of the ten best in the country!


Another very successful event was an afternoon Model United Nations Conference for Years 8 & 9, in which they all represented specific countries. What made it particularly good was that it was entirely organised and run by Lower Sixth pupils. I enjoyed watching it – and everyone’s enthusiastic participation - enormously.
 

To my mind, however, the highlight of the term thus far was Monday night’s Drama Showcase in front of a packed TA Hall. An audience of pupils, parents, grandparents and staff was treated to four plays – the exam pieces for the two GCSE groups and then those of the AS and A2 groups. I have rarely seen such high quality, gripping performances in a school environment and I was impressed and proud in equal measure. I have been receiving positive feedback all week and I am most grateful to those parents who have contacted me. The plays were gritty and not for the faint-hearted but aspects were deeply moving and, as one parent wrote about the portrayal of mental illness, the actors were able ‘to demonstrate such empathy and emotional connection for a subject that is still taboo and misunderstood.’

 

On the subject of drama, the awe-inspiring model of Aslan the lion has been delivered to the School (see photos below) in readiness for the performance on 9 & 10 June of CS Lewis’s classic tale, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. I have already had a go with the head! Details about tickets are below.

 

Finally, please may I remind parents of the details sent out by David Edwards last week about a golf day at Bowood, open to all parents, on Friday 20 May. Please email Mr Edwards if you would like to join us.

 

You will also have received last week an email with a letter attached about Poetry and Prose (Friday 27 May) and Speech Day (Saturday 28 May). I look forward to seeing many of you at one or both of these enjoyable events in the school calendar.


Mark Mortimer
@markd_mortimer

Latest News
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IN TUNE

29 APRIL 2016
Latest issue of In Tune from the Music Department. Read more
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BRINGING NARNIA TO WARMINSTER

28 APRIL 2016
Later this term our grounds will magically transform into Narnia. Read more
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MRS C-K GETS KNITTING!

27 aPRIL 20016
Mrs C-K is organising our contribution to Rememberancetide. Read more
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SUMMER SHOWCASE

27 April 2016
Strong performances at Summer Showcase. Read more
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RIDING SUCCESS

26 APRIL 2016
Eugenie Godfrey-Faussett has qualified for the Longines International Horse Show. Read more
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A HELPING HAND

25 APRIL 2016
A much welcomed helping hand from our exchange partner. Read more

SENIOR SPORT ROUND-UP

23 April 2016
A great competitive set of fixtures for the opening week of summer term. Read more
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CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN

22 April 2016
Efforts were rewarded with a lovely afternoon tea following a 'clean for the Queen'. Read more
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SUCCESSFUL AUSTRIAN SKI TRIP

21 April 2016
In the second week of the holiday, there was a successful ski trip to Bad Gastein. Read more
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£10,000 RAISED FOR LOCAL CAUSE

19 APRIL 2016
Our Headmaster and the Master of Wellington College, Julian Thomas stepped in for polar explorer Henry Worsley. Read more

Please remember to book your tickets for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. More info

Upcoming events
30
APRIL

EXEAT WEEKEND

30 aPRIL - 2 mAY 2016
Bank Holiday weekend Exeat.
4
MAY

SUMMER RECITAL

4 MAY 2016
Summer Recital Evening. Read more
7
MAY

SENIOR OPEN DAY

7 MAY 2016
Senior Open Day.
13
MAY

MUFTI DAY

13 MAY 2016
In aid of Walking with The Wounded.
14
MAY

PREP OPEN DAY

14 MAY 2016
Prep School Open Day.
28
MAY

SPEECH DAY

28 MAY 2016
Speech Day and Half Term.
2
JULY

WSPA MAD HATTER'S SUMMER BALL

2 JULY 2016
The WSPA are delighted to present a fun themed ball for 2016. Read more
Spotlight

john Higgins, IT Support Engineer

John, part of our reliable ‘techie team’ lives in Frome with his wife Tanya and is the very proud father of Thomas (3 years) and Amelia (6 months). Rosie the cat also chooses to co-habit with them, something that, according to her, they should be eternally grateful for! An active and adventurous member of the School community, he has many and varied interests. A keen cyclist for many years, he also helps run the School Cycle Club activity – but refuses to adopt the lycra look! read more

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