Headmaster’s Newsletter – 16 June 2017

Dear Parents,

The appalling tragedy that has taken place at Grenfell Tower has been shocking and our thoughts are with all those affected. The response from the local community and beyond has been humbling. The relief centres cannot cope with the amount of food and clothing that has been donated already. As a school we want to help those in need in the best possible way. We have therefore decided to have a special mufti day next Friday, 23 June. All the money raised will be donated to the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, which is coordinating the central appeal. Every penny they raise will go to those affected. Details of what individual buildings are planning on the day will be notified separately.

In happier news I am delighted to be able to share with you an outstanding set of Common Entrance results. Every boy has passed into his first choice school. The number of A and A* grade is praiseworthy and a testament to the hard work and dedication put in by the boys and their teachers. Here is a list of the schools the boys sat for:

1 – Brighton College

4 – Charterhouse

2 – City of London School

2 – Eaton Square Upper School

3 – Eton College

1 – Haileybury

1 – Harrodian School

1 – Harrow School

2 – Kings College School, Wimbledon

3 – St Paul’s School

1 – Stowe School

1 – Wellington College

1 – Westminster School

1 – Wetherby Senior School

1 – Worth School

The Upper School Betas and Gammas had their Drama Showcases on Wednesday and Thursday in Founders’ Hall. The children had devised their own scenes and as a result we were treated to a wonderful array of different styles and influences.

Earlier this week the boys in Upper Alpha went on a field trip to the Thames Explorer in Chiswick. The boys learned about the river and caught flounders, eels, crabs and shrimp. They were also lucky enough to learn about the role of the RNLI on the river when one of their boats passed by and stopped to talk to the boys.

Next week the weather is due to be very hot and sunny. Please ensure your child comes to school with sunscreen applied.

The Final of the Speech Competition is in Founders’ Hall on Monday at 6pm. We are very fortunate to have as our guest adjudicators the actors Nick Mohammed and Felicity Montague. The rest of the week sees Brass on Tuesday, String Orchestra on Wednesday and Cellos on Thursday. All these events are open to everyone as is the Assembly in the Scottish Church on Wednesday mornings at 9 o’clock.

Details of all the events in the week ahead can be found in the Calendar section of the website. Billings and Edmonds will be setting up shop in Founders’ Hall on Saturday week, 24 June, between 10.30am and 2.00pm.

In case anyone has still to order a “We Are Writers” book the order form can be found below and should be returned by Monday please.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend

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