Firstly, may I warmly congratulate Oliver Reynolds and Marcus Cloke Browne on their success in the Winchester College Election (Scholarship) examinations this week. Both were given Academic Awards: Oliver has chosen to go into College with his Scholarship, and Marcus has chosen to go into Moberly’s, so his award is called an Exhibition. Both awards are of equal academic standing. These are great accomplishments.
Last Friday twelve pupils in Year 7 set off for what was a fascinating and demanding two day Science Camp at the Met Office Headquarters in Exeter, accompanied by Mr Welham and Mrs Clarkson. I know that this generated great interest, and we will certainly look to repeat this experience next year. More information about the trip is given elsewhere in this edition of the Twyford Link.
Our first Saturday included a Headmaster’s Drop-In session, which I have come to enjoy very much, and 18 sports matches against Westbourne House. The weekend immediately led into Winchester College Election and Eton King’s Scholarship exams, occupying most waking moments of four boys. I know they will be relieved to have completed all these requirements now. Winchester Entrance exams are next in the sequence: starting on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Pre-Prep have embarked on Health and Safety Week. This has given us scope to bring a fire engine into school (currently spraying water everywhere, much to the delight of the children), as well as looking at a wide range of other aspects of keeping safe.
On Tuesday, ten girls form Year 6 attended the Downe House Prep Schools’ Day of Musical Drama. They joined 150 girls from nine prep schools in a busy and rewarding day of icebreakers, singing, dancing and acting, leading to an abridged production of the Lion King. I know that the girls thoroughly enjoyed the day, and I am sure they came away with a good deal of new knowledge and experience. Thank you to Mr Hall and Miss Baker for taking the trip.
Wednesday presented another packed day for sportspeople: 21 sports teams competed, mostly against Farleigh, but also at the U10 Canford Cricket tournament and the U13 Westbourne House rounders tournament.
The next day was one for the mathematicians, with the UK Junior Maths Challenge being competed for in the morning.
Next week begins (after Monday Bank Holiday) with a welcome back to Sir Teachalot, who will work with Year 2. Year 5 will depart for their Twyford Explorers trip to Ferny Crofts, which I know they are very excited about. Later in the week we have the Lamda exams taking place, so we wish those candidates well. As next week ends, we have the our Middle School Family Service with Rev Jonah Watts of Twyford St Mary’s. All parents are welcome: coffee is served in the Mulberry Pavilion from 8.00 am, with the service starting at 8.30 am sharp.
This term’s Talking Heads visiting speaker is Mr Ben Vessey, Headmaster of Canford School. This is taking place on Monday May 15th. We have a change of title for this presentation from “Education, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching" to “What is the Essence of a Modern Education?”. Drinks will be served from 7.00 pm. Do please come along.
In the staff meeting this week, the issue was raised of birthday party invitations being handed out during the school day (either by staff who are being asked by parents to distribute them or by the children themselves) is causing upset among those that are not receiving an invitation. Teachers feel that it would be helpful if no invitations are to be handed out at school, please, so as to avoid any unnecessary upset among the children not included in a party. I know that this may make for a more demanding process on your part, but you will understand that we must not allow children to be made more anxious by what may be a convenient system.
We are sorry that we will be saying farewell to two of our teachers at the end of this term. Mrs Morgan and Mrs Dodson have each decided to move away from teaching, and are each going to pursue exciting and worthwhile challenges in the near future. We wish them well, and will take opportunities to celebrate their massive service to Twyford later in the term.
Have a good Bank Holiday.