Friday, 25 September 2015

Head Master's Weekly Notes - 25th September 2015

Bonjour! Guten Tag! Buenos Dias! This week saw European Languages Week with the MFL department putting on a variety of activities which engaged and enthused not only the students, but the staff too – from a pop up creperie to quizzes and competitions. Acquiring the grammar and linguistic skills to speak and understand another language is so important as it not only helps communication but also develops a deep cultural understanding which nurtures the values of tolerance, respect and kindness – the very values we as a school promote as part of our ethos – studying languages can only be a good thing.  And this was clearly evident as we took on the might of Balmoral College from Buenos Aires in Argentina last Sunday in two excellent rugby fixtures – different culture, different language, different style, but the same values. These values were demonstrated at the Lower School Opening evening this week which saw record numbers of prospective parents from far and wide come through the Sexey’s School gates. Parents commented on the maturity, enthusiasm and exemplary manners of our students and I hope we left them with a good impression. Thank you for promoting the event amongst your friends and our next Open Evening, which will be for our Sixth Form, is on Tuesday the 6th of October. The Macmillan Coffee Morning is now a national institution and we hosted our very own today at Walwin House - Macmillan Cancer Support, which was founded by Old Sexeian Douglas Macmillan (1894-97), is the School’s partner charity. We were inundated by people at Walwin this morning raising over £250 and my sincere thanks to all those businesses who supported the event – we even had proper coffee machines and a barista from Bean Shot Coffee serving cappuccinos, espressos and lattes. Plenty of cakes and eclairs too by the likes of our Catering Department, At the Chapel, Taylors Bakery and Taste Bruton – working with the local community to help and support others less fortunate than us – values.

I wish you all a pleasant and restful exeat (good luck to the Equestrian team this weekend) and I hope that the weather continues to be kind to us all…

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