We have had a busy, sunny and productive week here after some good rest over Half Term.
There were various things going on over the break including A Level Geography examinations, a Saracens Rugby camp and a number of students involved in Cadet activities at Hythe and Bisley. I am most grateful to those who led and took part in them.
A purposeful and supportive atmosphere has been evident around in the classrooms, labs, Houses and on the sports pitches this week and I reminded the students today about how important it is that we do not take that for granted. As much as we may want it to be, the pandemic is not over and we need to continue to be vigilant, sensible and pragmatic in our actions and conduct. As Mr Farrell mentioned in his recent correspondence to parents, we will monitor the situation carefully and communicate with you about how we take things moving forward.
I also talked about role models in assembly today and I mentioned Alan Igglesden, a former member of staff who passed away recently, the inspirational Floyd Steadman who has been in the news this week (I very much recommend you watch this short Sky documentary) and Greta Thunberg and others at COP26 who are driving change in the world. We applauded four particular role models here at School who will join the Prefect team from this week – Mardey Castle, Fabio Da Costa Treleaven, Jessica De Lucy and Nathan Michelow (all Upper Sixth).
I will certainly be wrapping up warm with the family at the SVPSPA fireworks event this weekend; perhaps I will see a number of you there?
James Thomas, Headmaster