Saturday, 12 October 2013

Head Master's Notes - 11th October

As Shakespeare once said, ‘If music be the food of love, play on’. And that is exactly what we experienced last night at the excellent Joints Schools’ Concert where Sexey’s played host to the three other Bruton schools, Bruton School for Girls, King’s School, Bruton and Bruton Primary. It was a wonderful occasion with many fine performances from the schools and it was clearly evident that so much work and effort had gone into this collaborative concert. The hair on the back of the neck moment was the three schools coming together to perform In Paradisum, the final movement of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem. A real treat if I say so myself. Bruton has a rich tapestry of music and the arts and it is this healthy partnership between the schools which can only help benefit the children of this community by helping to improve the provision and quality of music and the opportunities on offer. My thanks to the three schools and their Headteachers for their cooperation and to Miss Jenna Middleton, our Director of Music, and her team for putting on such a brilliant show. Dates for your musical diary - The Senior House Music Competition takes place on Thursday 7 November, the Christmas Concert on Wednesday 4 December, the Christmas Acoustic Night on Tuesday 10 December and to round off the term our Carol Concert at St Mary’s, Bruton on Friday 13 December.

And the opportunities are certainly in abundance at the school – last weekend 27 of our intrepid explorers gained their DoE Silver qualifying expedition on Exmoor and the assessor, Mr Tim Olivey, was so impressed with our students’ attitude that he felt it was necessary that he write to me! Testimony again of how our students and staff conduct themselves which embodies the values of the school. The full story is Here. Hockey and rugby matches continue to dominate the Elm and Daisy Fields this week – the U16 Girls’ Hockey, led by the charismatic Emily Dudley (Y11 Hobhouse) comprehensively beat Crispin School 4-0 on Thursday in the County State Cup, with Mia Blake (Y11 Glynn-Jones) scoring twice and Captain Dudley scoring a stunner from the edge of the D. The U12A Girls’ are now finding their form, and quickly at that, and beat King Arthur’s in a league match winning 2-0 while the U12Bs drew a friendly game with them. On Tuesday alone the U14 and U12 Boys’ Rugby teams played Beechen Cliff ; the U12 Girls’ Hockey played The Park School, the U16 Girls against Preston School, whilst on Thursday, the 1st XV played Chew Valley School in the Natwest Schools Cup whilst the U15s played away at Dauntsey’s School, winning 25-7. Approximately 200 students were involved in sport in some shape or form on the Tuesday afternoon around the school estate – matches, swimming, hockey practices, table tennis etc. The standard of provision is certainly high and it makes a huge difference, both culturally and physically to our school community. This weekend sees the first Saturday block rugby fixture against Millfield and on Sunday we compete in the King’s Bruton/Hazlegrove Inter-Schools Show Jumping Competition at Kings Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre, near Greylake in Somerset. Next Friday is Speech Day, which is an important event in the Sexey’s Calendar, and we welcome Kate Allenby MBE as our Guest of Honour and Speaker. Miss Allenby is a World Champion GB pentathlete and Olympic medallist who won bronze in Sydney and competed in Athens. It proves to be an inspirational occasion. Please do come along and support the school and our students in their various endeavours – you are always welcome.

On Tuesday we had our 6th Form Open Evening for prospective students and their parents and over 150 families were in attendance. We have an outstanding 6th Form (the results at A-level speak for themselves) and a dedicated team who go over and beyond the call of duty. If any of our Y11 parents didn’t get a chance to come in on the evening or would like to visit again, then please do get in touch with Mrs Sam Brownlow, the Admissions Officer who will be only too happy to organise a private visit for you. Speaking of the 6th form, our Y12 Artists met with the Director of Hauser & Wirth, Mrs Alice Workman at Durslade Farm and the school will be working closely with Mrs Workman to bring further cultural opportunities to our students. Read the Eleanor Nurse’s (Y12 PH) full story of their meeting on the website here. Exciting times at Sexey’s and Bruton! Also, a reminder that the Lower 6th (Year 12) ‘Meet the Tutor’ event takes place next Monday, 14th October at 4pm in the Sixth Form Centre.

Yesterday we bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to our Y10 and Y11 Historians who are on their way to Berlin, to learn more about its history and influence on the world stage and to take in the cultural sights and sounds. I hear the ferry crossing over the Channel was rather choppy, but they have arrived safely in the German capital! Keep up to date with regular tweets direct from Berlin @SexeysSchool. As you know I am very keen to further develop the all-round education that we provide at Sexey’s and none of these extra-curricular activities, which ultimately teach our students about resilience, team work and leadership would be possible without the sheer dedication and commitment of the staff who give up their time willingly, for which I and the students are very grateful.

The planned industrial action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) takes place next Thursday, the 17th of October and I can confirm that the school will remain open and fully operational.

I look forward to seeing you at the many school events organised over the coming months and at tonight’s PSA Quiz (Cranium Cruncher) – let the cerebral battle commence!


Irfan H Latif JP

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