A warm welcome back to you and the boys for the start of what I am sure will be a rewarding and fulfilling Spring Term. It has been wonderful to hear the boys’ excitement as they catch up with each other and exchange stories about their adventures and travels over the Christmas break. The boys seem genuinely eager to start the New Year and embrace the new term.
I took the opportunity in the first Assembly of the new term to discuss with the boys how different cultures and countries celebrate the start of a new year as well as the notion of the New Year’s Resolution. I read the boys an extract from the poem ‘Wear Suncream’ by Mary Schmich, which offers words of advice on how we might approach life differently, and whose lines could be the source of a few resolutions. Bearing in mind the impending assessments for a number of the boys, one of the poem’s offerings is particularly pertinent: ‘Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.’ As well as considering the futility of worry, I explained to the boys that there will always be greater or lesser people than themselves, and the best piece of advice I can give them is to be themselves and do the best that they can. This is all that we can ask of our boys.
This term we welcome Mrs Philippa Butler BA (Hons), PGCE, who has taken up the post of Religious Studies and Library Skills teacher. Miss Yasmin Edmonds joins us as a GAP year student after recently completing her A Levels at Surbiton High School. A warm welcome to both!
Year 3 Commendations
I was delighted to hear that Commendation Awards have been presented by Mrs Harding to four Year 3 boys. Many congratulations to Alexander Senny, Joshua Lyons, Luke Curle and Luke Lobban who were awarded with a Smiley Face badge for consistent good conduct and kindness.
If you were lucky enough to see ‘Alice in Winterland’ at the Rose Theatre in Kingston over the Christmas period, you would have seen one of our old boys, Tom Stephens, in the production. A number of SHS staff went to support Tom and thoroughly enjoyed the production. ‘Alice in Winterland’ also received excellent reviews in the press.
I was thrilled to hear that Edward Jones (Year 7) is going from strength to strength in his drama. He has just performed the male lead in ‘Annie’ at Hampton Hill Theatre. A few weeks ago Edward auditioned and was accepted onto the Rose Theatre Youth group, where the feedback was, ‘You have so much potential’. Fantastic work, Edward! I also look forward to presenting Edward and a number of other boys with their LAMDA certificates in Wednesday’s Celebratory Assembly; needless to say that once again we are celebrating a crop of truly outstanding results.
Townsend-Warner History Competition
This morning the 8S boys took part in the first paper of the annual Townsend-Warner History Competition, along with more than 900 boys and girls from Prep schools across the UK. The History competition was set up 133 years ago by Harrow to promote the study of History, and Shrewsbury House School has always taken part. George Orwell won the competition in 1915 and the Conservative MP and historian Kwasi Kwarteng won in 1987, so our boys are following in rather illustrious footsteps. The competition is a compulsory part of 8S, but any boy from Year 6, 7 and 8 is free to volunteer to enter each year. If anyone boy would like to volunteer for the 2019 paper, please contact Mr Smart, Head of History email@example.com.
DT Holiday Workshop
My thanks to Mr Spires for running another very successful DT workshop during the Christmas holidays. The boys who took part tackled a wide variety of projects, which included making a bio-plane. The boys who stayed the whole week undertook a material challenge as well where they could make their own projects, duly aided by Mr Spires. Well done to all the boys who took part.
Congratulations to the following boys who have received their first plus prizes:
Oliver Boosey and Brannon Woods
Team of the Week
Well done to the following boys this week:
- Freddie Mundell
- Jack Cassar-Smith
- Ethan Koller
- Jasper Boulanger
- Charles Bulman
- Charles Hammond
- Kit Lockard
- George Day
- Max Nickless
- Keir Haldane
- Ben Knight
- Matthew Moffatt
- Luke Incledon
After a rather busy first few days back, have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!