Friday, 11 July 2014

Head Master's Weekly Notes - 11th July

Our founder, Hugh Sexey would have been proud of last night’s School Production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’, which was performed with such confidence and aplomb by our Y7s and 8s. I thought I could tell the difference between Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus, but sadly I couldn’t – the parts were brilliantly played by the Forster twins, Will and Tim, and the cast and crew have produced a play which has set the standard for future productions - expectations will be high and the challenge even greater. Drama continues to excel at Sexey’s and with Trinity Guildhall examinations on offer to our Sexeians from September and our partnership with the Youth Cinema Foundation, I am confident Drama will go from strength to strength. England’s most popular playwright, Shakespeare was a favourite of both Elizabeth I and James I to whom Sexey was the Royal Auditor and I think after last night's performance, a new generation of thespians are going to acquaint themselves with the bard. Setting high standards and challenging our students is what we strive to do and this is exactly what I experienced at Hauser & Wirth’s Learning Programme which was launched yesterday at Durslade Farm to Art teachers and practitioners from all over Somerset. Having this world class gallery on our doorstep is exciting and will not only challenge our perceptions of art but it will continue to encourage us to ask questions, develop our opinions and to inspire us to think out of the box, i.e. have a conversation. Listening to the opinions of world renowned artists and designers at yesterday’s launch was fascinating and having access to their knowledge, creativity and experiences can only be a good thing. The Y12 students who accompanied the Art Department, Eleanor Nurse and Alex Petre-Mears, enjoyed meeting with Mr Wirth and learning about his journey and I look forward to working closely with Iwan on initiatives that will benefit both the school and the community. Bruton is bristling with excitement (Hauser & Wirth Somerset officially opens its doors to the public on Tuesday 15 July) and the opportunities available to Sexeians will be plentiful - this cultural renaissance will benefit generations of Brutonians to come.

I have just got back from an exhilarating Sports Day and thankfully the weather was kind to us; it was wonderful to see the students relishing in the competitive spirit (which unfortunately was not evident in the Brazil vs Germany football match earlier this week – how Brazil will come back from such a humiliating defeat only time will tell but with the Olympics only two years away, they need to be quick) and the swathes of parents who supported the event, in particular the Parent Staff Association who were out in full force and put on a fabulous afternoon tea. The inaugural Macmillian Race to officially mark our association with this worthwhile charity also took place with Hobhouse winning the shield. And speaking of internationalism and charities, Bollygood for Macmillan was a tremendous success and linking up with 20 countries across the world last Sunday really put things into perspective - our small community in Bruton made a significant impact and we hope to continue to host Bollygood in the future. We also welcomed back our Sexeians from the successful 1st XV rugby tour having beaten the U18 Sweden national side quite comprehensively and the tourists were a real credit to the school. And our Zambian explorers arrived safely in Mufilira and are experiencing life in the Copperbelt province – keep up with their adventures and other news on our Twitter feed - do join in the conversation. Sport, along with culture at Sexey’s continues to flourish and I look forward to supporting the Church Fete at St Mary’s, Bruton on Saturday, watching the Old Sexeians take on the 1st XI in Sunday’s cricket match;  the Classic Car Show on the Lisbury Field (do come down with a picnic on Sunday afternoon) and welcoming our new Y7 boarders who will be spending the weekend at Sexey's – it’s going to be a busy penultimate weekend. Let's just hope we won’t be needing our brollies….

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