Headmaster’s Newsletter – 22 April 2016

Dear Parents,

This week has been one where we have been and are celebrating anniversaries outside the school. Firstly the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen yesterday and then tomorrow the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare. At Assembly on Wednesday we were able to link the two together with a fine performance by the combined choirs of “England”, Sir Hubert Parry’s setting of John of Gaunt’s speech from Shakespeare’s Richard II.

This past week has been a little quieter in Main School as the Upper Sixth have been sitting their mock Common Entrance exams in preparation for the week after half term. Wednesday saw an extremely entertaining and informative Masterclass from Crispian Steele-Perkins in Founders’ Hall. He certainly inspired all those present.

Sports fixtures for the term get underway from Monday. The breadth of sport available to our pupils is almost unrivalled. Witness to this was the awarding of nearly one hundred skiing awards in Assembly last week from the Winter Courses in Glion last term as well as Fencing and Swimming awards. In a new addition to the already long fixture list we can now add Golf. The first two Hill House teams will be competing next week.

The first of the Summer Term’s Showcases is on Wednesday and on the same day the girls in Lower Transitus will be visiting The Tower of London. A full programme of events can be seen on the school’s website.

Thank you for the positive response to the request for a more punctual start to the day. It does make a significant difference.
I wish you a happy St. George’s Day.

Richard Townend