So Yeovil Town, unlike last year failed to make it through to the 4th round of the FA Cup at the hands of the mighty Manchester Utd. This side of Somerset for the beginning of this year at least was a sea of green and white where we all hoped for a cup upset. Unfortunately it didn’t happen but the Glovers, and their supporters, I am sure enjoyed the ride while it lasted. There is no shame in losing only 2-0 to a very strong Manchester Utd side and it is testimony to teams like Yeovil (and AFC Wimbledon earlier this week against Liverpool) who continue to fight and don’t give up – something we can all learn from. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom over the Christmas holiday – the School was delighted to learn that it has been included in this year’s Tatler’s Best State School Guide – an accolade which we are very proud of (only 22 state schools made the list) and although this further raises the School’s profile and highlights the outstanding work that colleagues are doing at Sexey’s, our feet are firmly on the ground and we will continue to strive for excellence in all areas of school life. Nevertheless, it is a great way to start the New Year knowing that the fine work we are doing here is being acknowledged nationally.
The Lent term is packed (I wouldn’t have it any other way!) with plenty of activities in and around school – from sport, drama, music, art, charity fund raising and visiting lecturers. The music and drama department are busy rehearsing for the School musical production ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ which takes place on the evenings of Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th February (we were given a sneak preview at the Christmas Concert and it looks incredibly entertaining) – do please come along and support the students’ efforts. For a list of this season’s sporting fixtures (Football, Netball and Rugby 7s) please do check the schoolsports.com website which is easily accessed through the school’s website. Fixtures start in earnest next week against the likes of Sherborne and Chilton Cantelo and if you can come down for the Home matches it would be wonderful to see you on the side line. The football season kicked off yesterday with an appropriate curtain-raiser as the school continues its WWI commemorations with a re-enactment of the Truce football match between Britain and Germany which took place on Christmas Day in No Man’s Land back in December 1914. It was a poignant occasion where the Head of History, Mrs Bazen, gave a pre-match talk about the significance of the Truce match in this centenary year and the Old Sexeians (OS) who gave up their lives during the Great War. We also welcomed back Old Sexeians who once again donned the school football jersey and played in this historic match. Although Germany won 1-0, the match was not about the result but about the values that we stand for as a community and a family - tolerance, respect and kindness. And those very values have been attacked this week, by the atrocities that have occurred at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families and to the people of France.
The new term is already in full swing and it proves to be a very exciting one – I look forward to seeing many of you at the numerous events that will be happening at School over the coming weeks and months. Thank you in advance for your continued support and loyalty and I wish you a very successful and prosperous 2015.