17th October 20
12th October 20
The Sixth Form lecture series has been running for a few weeks now – the speaker either visits us or Francis Holland – and the lecture is filmed to be shared with those that can’t be there in person. The Drama Studio hosted something a little different for the Year 12 on Monday. Harry Baker, a Bristol Maths & German graduate and the youngest ever World Slam Poetry Champion, talked to the boys about his love of language, shared some of his poetry including the first poem inspired by an idea he had on his paper round, and the poem he wrote on his favourite prime number (59).
The School has today focussed on mental health and wellbeing as it is World Mental Health Day tomorrow. It was the focus for this afternoon’s PSHE session and also for this afternoon’s assembly which was done by Section so that age appropriate advice and information could be shared. The Year 13 have also produced a video on their techniques for coping with pressure. It is impressive that they have found the time to do this at a point in the year when they are juggling competing academic demands.
The Year 13 are focussed on their applications to university at the moment and for some the application deadline is the end of next week. Those applying to Oxbridge or for medicine and dentistry are pulling the final pieces together. The medics have all recently sat the UCAT and there are tests coming up in early November for Oxbridge. It is a challenging time for them, and with such competitive applications there are more challenges to come but I congratulate them on all they have done so far.
5th October 20
Throughout lockdown the LAMDA teaching continued online and I am very pleased that so many of the boys managed to sit the exam over the summer. The results that we have received so far have been excellent. 7 boys passed with Merit and 3 with Distinction, one in Grade 8 and two in Grade 5, which is a great achievement as only around 10% of entrants receive this grade. These qualifications help build confidence with public speaking and communication skills so are well worth pursuing as they build important skills for later life.
One teacher has also had something to celebrate. Mr Astbury-Palmer, the Head of Maths, has been selected for an Outstanding Educator Award by the University of Chicago. The award has been running for the last three decades. Each year new undergraduates are asked to “to nominate an educator whose guidance has helped them along the path toward intellectual growth”. Mr Astbury-Palmer was nominated by one of our students who left us at the end of last academic year. I am sure you will join me in congratulating him.
I am pleased that Miss Twomey and Mr Tibbles have started rehearsals for the Sixth Form play. As those who have been here for some time will know, the Drama department have moved easily between genres – from promenade and physical theatre to horror and farce – and have chosen an interesting piece and approach for this term’s production. Beat the Devil, a monologue written by David Hare about his experiences in lockdown, will be divided between a number of boys and will be streamed in early December. We look forward to seeing it!
Throughout lockdown the LAMDA teaching continued online and I am...