Friday, 4 July 2014

Head Master's Weekly Notes - 4th July

I was very fortunate to attend Worthy Farm last weekend and this was our first festival and we were taken aback by the sheer scale and enormity of the event – the acts and shows on offer to the thousands of revellers where interesting and diverse in their nature and there was something for everyone. My family and I embraced the whole festival experience – from Dolly Parton, the Indian street food, the toilets and of course the rain and mud – gallons and bucket loads of the stuff. Even though we were only there for a day, my daughter, Zara who is 6 years old, would like to camp at Glastonbury next year, that will be a true first! And it was great to see so many Sexeians and their families enjoying the atmosphere and taking in the rich culture at Glastonbury – the music, the art, the drama, the food – unique and special in so many ways, much like Sexey’s.

This week in assembly we were treated to musical performances by our Y7 group of Caitlin Taylor, Lucy Coville-Wright and Holly Webb who performed Labrinth’s ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ and Kathrine Mayes who played ‘Carnival in Rio’. We were transfixed by Ellie Wilson’s (Y9) winning entry for the Bruton Short Story Competition (where she picked up 1st prize and Charlotte Peach (Y10) picked up 3rd prize) and she read an extract with great intensity and aplomb. Rehearsals are furiously underway for BollyGood for Macmillan (time to get those saris and tablas out!) which takes place this Sunday and of course  the Trinity Term Play, Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ which will be performed next week and I invite you and our new Y7 parents, who attended the Y6 Transition Day this week,  to attend these and other events this summer. I am also pleased to announce that the Drama department we will be working with the Youth Cinema Foundation next term to provide further cultural opportunities to Sexeians and the community and Hauser and Wirth in Bruton opens its doors this weekend. Culture is strong here at Sexey’s and we are not afraid to try other cultures either – World Cup Brazilian Day took place on Wednesday with a smorgasbord (sorry!) of South American cuisine for the students and staff to taste  – canja, fjeioda and samba were on the menu amongst others delectable delights; the school trip to Africa jets off next Monday as they visit our partner schools in Mufulira in the Copperbelt province of Zambia; our rugby players are currently taking on the might of the U18 Sweden national rugby team and enjoying such dishes as pickled herring and Gravlax in Stockholm and I am sure Jemma Jones (Y12) will be enjoying a ‘few shrimps on the ‘barbie’ as she flew yesterday to Perth, Australia to represent Great Britain in the Pony Club Tetrathalon - we wish our intrepid adventurers the very best. Culture is important to feed the soul (in more ways than one) and to embrace different cultures is equally as important as we learn to be tolerant and respectful of our neighbours. I may well have to if I end up pitching our tent next year in a field in Somerset…

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