From the Headmaster - end of Christmas Term 2015
I write this having just returned from the splendid carol service at St Catherine's and I look forward to a repeat performance on Thursday at Holy Trinity, Longlevens. If you haven't been to one of our carol services, I do recommend it as a way of getting into the Christmas spirit. The end of term is always a mixture of the regular routine of work and scheduled extra-curricular activities and the extra programme of events as we prepare for the Christmas break.
Last Friday's Jazz Night perhaps comes into both categories – it was great fun and my thanks go to the Jazz Band, Mr Lynch and Mrs Jones, along with other groups and soloists for providing us with such fine entertainment along with refreshments and a great cabaret feel.
I actually think how we go about celebrating Christmas in School reflects how we go about our business all the time. At a recent talk to a local Rotary Club, I was asked what I thought the School is known for locally. It would be easy to say 'academic results' or 'activities', but I think the answer is more subtle.
We are a community which has a can-do attitude, optimistic and ambitious for all the young people who attend the School. We are a community which does what it does properly, professionally, and with integrity. The very successful House Languages event, conducted entirely in French, German and Spanish and in which the audience was treated to (and joined in with) sketches and songs was yet another example of how our pupils can work together to inspire creativity in each other, to develop each other's knowledge and skills and to support each other through any challenges. I think – I hope – we are a community which knows it is privileged and knows all of this means nothing if we do not give back that talent to better the world.
I would like to thank all parents for the support and encouragement that they have given to their children and the School over this term. It seems a long time since the beginning of September and a lot of hard work has been done, inside and outside the classroom.
I very much hope everyone has a thoroughly deserved Christmas break.
With all my best wishes