We stopped and paused for reflection at our annual Speech Day this afternoon where we welcomed our Guest of Honour, Mr Roger Saul. Here we celebrated the success of Sexeians past and present and I was thoroughly impressed with the slick organisation, the conduct and maturity of our students, the calm composure of the Wind Band, the assured delivery by the Heads of School (George and Julia) and the quality of our guest speaker, Roger. A truly memorable occasion which highlights all that is outstanding about this fine institution and thank you to all colleagues who made this happen today – a great team effort and the Hobhouse looked stunning. There has also been plenty going on at Sexey’s - from numerous House competitions, sporting fixtures (the Y7s Girls’ Hockey team made it into the County Championships), drama workshops, art visits, PSHE, Open Evenings, the Philosophy and Theology Conference and of course the matter of teaching and learning. It was great to hear the excitement from the Head of Sixth Form, when one of our U6 students had already received an offer from a university – 3 in total have received offers despite only sending off their applications last week! This bodes well for the future. And of course, the Y11s have their Michaelmas Exams after the half term break (w/c Mon 24 November) and it would be wise for them to use this time productively to prepare for these important examinations, but at the same time to have some rest and to recuperate – it’s vital that there is a balance here. The PSA put on a fabulous night last Saturday when we had the inaugural Sexey’s Barn Dance in the Main Hall – a real antidote to the cold evenings that are beginning to creep in. The family atmosphere was warm and convivial, the food was delicious and the dancing somewhat suspect. But a great evening was had by all and I would highly recommend that you come along next year.
So as we hurtle towards the end of this busy term I would like to thank all staff and Governors for their efforts in ensuring that our students receive the highest quality teaching and pastoral care – it’s not easy at times but I am grateful for all their hard work, patience and commitment. And also to you too, for all the support you give to our school – by working together in partnership we can all bring out the best in our students.
I wish you, and my colleagues, a peaceful, relaxing and well-earned holiday.