Friday, 9 May 2014

Head Master's Weekly Notes - 9th May

Returning back to school after the Bank Holiday weekend for a four day week has not been different to any other week – you just cram more in those five days – the Windband Concert, Zambia Exchange Fashion Show, rounders matches, cricket fixtures, French and German GCSE Orals, Art exams, revision clinics… The pace and intensity has been relentless and has seen our students taking on the responsibility of public exams in a mature and considered manner. I have been impressed with their work ethic and positive attitude in and around school and I commend them for their efforts. No doubt nerves will be frayed and patience tried (and that’s just the teachers!), but we are here to help and support our students during this tough time. And I am sure they will do you and the school proud – everyone has the ability and potential to succeed, so long as one has self-belief and determination, which was evident over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend. Let me explain.

With a 3-0 advantage with eleven minutes to go and the Premier League title in their sights, Liverpool managed to squander their lead and drew 3-3 at the final whistle against a pugnacious Crystal Palace. Chelsea also blew their chances last weekend drawing at home with almost relegated Norwich. Who would have thought that Liverpool, would not come away from South East London with 3 points safely in the bag and Chelsea, having beaten Liverpool the previous week at Anfield, come away with a draw against lowly Norwich? It really does go to show that with a little self-belief and dogged determination, anything is possible and that we should not write off anyone and assume that the potential victors will indeed win the spoils. The same can be said for last Monday’s final of the World Snooker Championships – Ronnie O’Sullivan was 10-6 up going into the final session and it was assumed the five times World Champion will win his sixth title. But no, the underdog, Mark Selby won his maiden title winning 18-14 and proved the bookies wrong. Who will win the coveted Premier League title this weekend?  No doubt it will be eagerly watched by millions but on Sunday in a far corner of Bruton, the Head Master’s Invitational XI will be taking on the might of the School’s 1st XI, who have found considerable success this cricket season beating the likes of Warminster, Wells Cathedral School and Clayesmore. May the best team win…

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