The next time we see a solar eclipse will be in 2090 – safe to say that I will not be around then so it was important we saw today’s phenomenon. Although most of the morning was overcast, at 0930 we managed to see the eclipse in all its glory as the clouds parted momentarily. The school community with their multitude of viewers cheered at the sight of this once in a life time opportunity – pretty impressive on all accounts and the students behaved impeccably. Earlier this morning we also had a Business Breakfast in Walwin which was supported by business leaders from the community and an Old Sexeian, Christian Ball – they spoke to our A-level Business Studies students on the skills they will need to survive in the world of business – it was a fascinating insight into the entertainment and banking industries and how these areas are developing rapidly – technology seems to be at the heart of it.
We’ve seen a number of rugby, netball and swimming fixtures this week against the likes of Sherborne, Millfield, Sandroyd and Salisbury Cathedral with weekend football fixtures against Warminster and Rugby 7s at Embley Park in Hampshire. The Y12s have been at the UCAS Conference, have spent the day looking at cloning and DNA at the Microbiology Day at King’s and spoke with Cambridge dons and tutors at the HE+ day at the Kings of Wessex – certainly plenty of things going on in and out of school. The drama and art students are off this weekend to London and I am sure they will have a fabulous time immersing themselves in the culture of theatre and art at the National Theatre , National Gallery and the Barbican. The musicians were in fine form this week too and gave virtuoso performance sat Acoustic Night – the next Ed Sheeran and Billy Bragg is somewhere at Sexey’s. We also had the privilege of Mr Dominic Greensmith present that evening, who took time out of his UK tour with his band ‘Reef’ to attend Acoustic Night.
So this weekend, colleagues (and parents) will be preparing for our SIAMS Church of England inspection next week and I hope to watch the climax of the 6 Nations – it’s the last opportunity England have before the Rugby World Cup to make an impression and like the solar eclipse this morning, these opportunities don’t come around that often. I hope that our students make the most of them here at Sexey’s. Carpe Diem and I hope all of you stay on TRaK.