It didn’t look too good this morning as I peered through the window of my study and wondered if we were going to call off Sports Day due to the perennial Bank Holiday weather – rain. However, it had brightened up by break and it was full steam ahead as we heralded in another successful Sexey’s Sports Day on the Elm Field. The Houses were in fine form singing with gusto their various House Hymns building camaraderie and team spirit with staff and parents encouraging our sportsmen and women to achieve to their potential. There is nothing like a good sports day to bring together the whole school community and my thanks go to the PE department for their meticulous organisation, to the Estates team for the finely manicured tracks, House staff (the Hobhouse cupcakes were particularly impressive), the PSA and of course the competitors. The spoils went to Golledge who won the West Midlands Relay Shield, the Macmillan Cancer Support Staff-Student Race (Mr Lawton ran a stunning 100m) and the overall Track & Field Competition. It was a fine way to round off this busy half term and a well-deserved break awaits our colleagues and students alike.
A moving U6 Leavers’ assembly took place yesterday in the 6th Form Centre and it was a fitting tribute to the maturity and diligence of this particular year group. They have been led admirably by Jack Wingate and Annabel Buckland who have encapsulated all the qualities that make a Sexeian – all commented on the friendly nature and warm atmosphere of the school, the life skills they have learnt and the strong relationships they have built which will last for many years to come. Many have been here since Y7, many as boarders and the experiences and opportunities they have gained has been second to none. As Einstein said, ‘education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learnt at school.’ And boarding can teach students the value of stability in a caring and nurturing environment. The U6 now immerse themselves in public exams after half term and we wish them well in their endeavours as they pursue coveted university places (and gap years) come August. I thank them for the outstanding service they have given to the school – from music, art and drama productions, to a variety of sports teams and to the prefect body for setting the gold standard to the younger members of our community and keeping them on TRaK.
We salute the Class of 2015.