Headmaster’s Newsletter – 22 June 2018

Dear Parents,

Last week I was able to give you the excellent results of the Common Entrance exams. This week we can congratulate some of the boys who have been given awards and scholarships. This is the list as it stands at the moment but it is quite often the case that more come in later and I will share those with you as and when they come.

Kings College School Wimbledon

Charles Feniou – Outstanding performance in Mathematics

Charles Feniou – Outstanding performance in French

Lancing College

Samuel Whale – Top candidate award


Alexander Woolmer – Griffin award in recognition of all round performance in the entrance exams and interview

Dulwich College

Oscar Kinirons – CCP Tanner Scholarship


Timothée Colin – Music Scholarship

There are only three weeks left of the academic year and the buildings seem to be busier than ever with trips and events, particularly now that all assessments have been completed. Lower School had their second visit to the Tower of London and the Lower Sixth visited the Museum of London in Docklands. The semi-finals of the Speech Competition for pupils in Upper Transitus and Upper Senior School took place in the Scottish Church on Wednesday after Assembly. Congratulations to the twelve finalist who be competing in Founders’ Hall on Tuesday 3 July. We are delighted to welcome Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley, former Lord Mayor of London, as our judge this year. In his mayoral year he gave over 400 speeches so he is well qualified to judge our young speakers!

The programme of events for the Upper Sixth boys post Common Entrance is continuing. This week they had a debating competition. The motions debated were:

  • This House believes it is better to be smart than good
  • This House believes AI will change everything
  • This House believes children today lack grit
  • This House would prosecute teenagers as adults for criminal offences
  • This House would allow prisoners to choose death over a life sentence
  • This House is afraid of the future

Over the last couple of weeks the girls in Upper Transitus have been invited by Ritorno restaurant on the King’s Road to learn how to make Italian biscuits from scratch, learning new skills and terminology in a biscuit baking masterclass. The girls and our tutors seem to have had an excellent time and returned to school with their bags full of biscuits.

Today the Choral Scholars are travelling to Glion where, over the course of the weekend, they will be performing at the Musée d’Orgue in Roche and at St. John’s English Church in Territet. Looking ahead they will be performing the Fauré Requiem at St. Margaret Lothbury, by the Bank of England on Thursday 5 July at 1.10pm. All parents who work in the City (or not) are warmly invited to attend the performance.

Founders’ Hall has a full programme this coming week with the Upper Delta Science/Drama Showcase on the theme of photosynthesis on Monday (following the Upper Kappas’ outstanding performance of the same show this past week), Violin Showcase on Tuesday, Clarinet, Saxophone, Harp & Piano on Wednesday and Flutes and more violins on Thursday. As always we welcome your support for these wonderful evenings.

You will all be receiving a letter from Mr Hastings with information about Field Day in the near future. Please note that Field Day is an hour earlier than in previous years. The whole school sprints start at 1pm and the finale is at 3pm. The letter will also tell you which colour of t-shirt your child will be required to wear on the day. Billings & Edmonds will have stocks of these and they will be having their termly pop-up shop in Founders’ Hall on Saturday 30 June.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend

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