Friday, 28 March 2014

Head Master's Weekly Notes - 28th March

The caterwauling persisted and the stench of Victorian London lingered in the room. No, I wasn't conducting a Chemistry experiment with my Y11s but enjoying a night out at the theatre. I was privileged to attend the Theatre Royal in Bath with our Drama students to watch George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' on Wednesday evening. What an absolute treat and it was a real pleasure to spend some time with our students outside of the busy school day to discuss the finer points of this classic. The play itself was a triumph and true to the original as we watched with intent the tempestuous relationship between 'Enry 'Iggins and Eliza Doolittle developing. Observing the actors treading the floorboards in this period comedy in the surroundings of the opulent Theatre Royal was something quite special and inspiring. It felt one was transported to a different era - a different type of medium too to be entertained by. This was in stark contrast to yesterday's BBC School News Report where the school's media team, led by the charismatic Max Doughty, used a variety of media to broadcast the news. An opportunity for the team to develop journalistic skills from reporting, writing, editing, producing, directing, tweeting, blogging - see the outstanding results of their efforts on the website and for the subsequent launch of Sexey's TV. Watch this space!

Last week I had the Y10s bribing me with sweets to find out if they had been nominated for prefect ship, but yesterday afternoon they burst into my study to inform me that the U15 Netball team had won the area finals and were now through to the County Finals - they were so excited and talked me through every game, every pass and every basket until the final whistle was blown when they were crowned area champions. Just listening to their enthusiasm, passion and modesty as they re-enacted the final in my study is one of the privileges of being a Head Master. I wish them well in next week's final and more details can be found on the school'ssports website, including the U15 Girls’ Rugby team’s success in the South West finals and all the other sporting fixtures that have occurred during the week.

I think I spoke too soon last week about the arrival of the glorious Spring weather, it didn't last that long and it’s still raining…. but fear not, next week's St Cecilia's Spring Concert (St Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians) will certainly brighten up Bruton - I look forward to seeing you there. And don't forget the clocks also spring forward this weekend...

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