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HEADS-UP!
Issue 10 

27 may 2016

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Mark Mortimer

It’s hard to believe that half-term is already almost here. However, before it arrives, there are two key annual events in the school calendar to look forward to: this evening’s Poetry & Prose at 7 p.m. on School House lawn, and then Speech Day tomorrow. I look forward to seeing many of you at one or both of these occasions. We also look forward to three performances of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, to be performed in the round in the week after the break. I am delighted that all three shows have already sold out and that the matinee will be attended by numerous prep and primary schools. A few tickets still remain for the WSPA Mad Hatter’s Ball on 2 July; more details are below.
 
In the past fortnight we’ve enjoyed a wonderful Arts Award Dinner to celebrate and acknowledge the huge contribution that music and drama make to the school community. It was a lovely evening, shared by parents, pupils and staff together. The guest speaker was Chris Guard, a successful young musical director in West End theatres. He spoke entertainingly and fascinatingly about how he had discovered and developed his passion for musical theatre while studying mathematics at Durham University. It was thought-provoking for the pupils to hear about this somewhat unplanned change of direction, but even more beneficial was Chris’s account of his response to the many rejections he’d suffered in the theatre, something that goes with the territory. This ability to bounce back and respond positively to failure or setback is a crucial lesson to learn, and it was stimulating to hear an articulate example, especially when things had eventually turned out well. Chris had never lost his self-belief and optimism – two more essential qualities.
 
Those of you who are on Twitter will have seen the wonderful trips that Year 5 and Year 6 have enjoyed this week: Year 5 spent three days deep in a forest on the Cornbury Park Estate in Oxfordshire learning bush craft and survival skills, an experience that involved eating fish eyes and leaping into the pool of doom! Year 6, meanwhile, have spent the whole week in Normandy and visited some fascinating places such as Omaha Beach, the D Day museum at Arromanches and Bayeux. Fortunate children indeed, and I am most grateful to the staff who have organised and accompanied these superb trips.  
 
Finally, I am delighted to announce that the School has won the Wiltshire Environmental Youth Award for our Forest School. As a result we are now in contention for the regional award (Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol).  Our county achievement will be recognised and the regional winner announced in the Main Ring at the Bath & West Show at 12 noon on Friday 3 June. If you are at the Show please do come and watch.
 
I hope you have an enjoyable half-term.


Mark Mortimer
@markd_mortimer

 

Latest News
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IN TUNE

27 may 2016
Latest issue of In Tune from the Music Department. Read more

SENIOR SPORT ROUND-UP

25 MAY 2016
Persistent rain stopped play. Read more
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PREP SPORT ROUND-UP

25 MAY 2016
A busy and varied week for the Prep School.
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ARTS AWARDS

24 MAY 2016
A Midsummer Nights' Dream inspired Arts Awards. Read more
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ARNOLD GET ARTY

20 MAY 2016
High standards at the inaugural House Art Competition. Read more
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UGANDA DAY

19 MAY 2016
There was an early Sunday start for Ivy House. Read more
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A WARM WELCOME TO THE 'MAGNIFICENT MACDONALD BOYS'

18 MAY 2016
It was a great privilege to host a fascinating group of Old Verlucians. Read more
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SHEARWATER SHENANIGANS

15 MAY 2016
“The wetter the better” at Shearwater. Read more

Have you booked tickets for the WSPA Mad Hatter's Ball?
Don't be late! More info

Upcoming events
27
MAY

POETRY & PROSE

27 MAY 2016
School House Lawn Marquee from 7.00pm.
28
MAY

SPEECH DAY

28 MAY 2016
Beginning with the Commemoration Service in the Minster Church at 10.00am.
9 & 10
JUNE

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE *SOLD OUT*

9 & 10 June 2016
The Lower School Production promises to be a showstopper. Read more
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.
Spotlight

Fiona Beach-macgeagh, deputy head of admissions

After University, Fiona worked for a large PR Agency in London & Oxford working for Barclays Private Equity, consumer and charity clients. Tired of London life, Fiona and her best friend ventured to Meribel for 5 months to run a 5* chalet, before returning to reality and working for an International sports events company. She returned with many tales from the slopes! Fiona fell into education due to the fact that she has always been passionate about girls’ education and her charity work in Uganda. She is a founding member of the charity 'Friends of St. Michael's Girls Primary School, Busembatia, Uganda'  which she helped set up whilst volunteering there during her gap year 14 years ago. A job came up at Horris Hill Prep, where she worked for just over 5 years, before making the leap to Warminster. read more

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