So here we are almost at the end of the academic year. Where did all the time go? Well, the answer to that is obvious. It went on all the lessons, learning, extra curricular events, trips, concerts, plays, exhibitions, lectures, charity fund-raising, House events, meetings and general ‘hanging out’ (as Year 9 would have it) which we have all done as we have all contributed our own piece of the mix which makes a year at More House. Is it any wonder all of us are so tired?
Thomas More’s Day last week (and doesn’t that seem a long time ago) was brilliant as ever, with the added bonus of unexpectedly good weather. The Saint’s Feast was excellent and it was really great to see how the Houses chose to lay it out this year so that there was a strong sense of togetherness. As usual Mrs Leach and I were doomed to wander from House to House begging for scraps as we are the only members of the School who do not have a House to go to. Mr Benson’s Blue Belles of Iona managed to secure the Evans Trophy again, much to the delight of their new House Captains Anna and Magda, and their House Cheer, although somewhat simple, was clearly effective. The Staff managed to hold on to the Hill Trophy in their match against the School despite being heavily penalised for the most outrageous cheating!
As I write this in the early hours of Friday morning I am a little disappointed to notice that it is raining at the moment. As I am sure many of you know it is the Choir Trip to Thorpe Park today ~ a jolly to thank everyone for their hard work over the year. I am sure that the rain will not dampen people’s spirits ~ I understand many of the rides involve getting wet anyway.
This week has been filled with creativity. On Tuesday we had the Summer Concert. This final item in the year’s Music Programme is always a very special event ~ more relaxed in tone, even if the standard of the music itself was a high as it ever is. It is always a delight for me to see how far the Year 7s have come in terms of self-confidence and professionalism ~ almost Minis no longer, they have a self-possession and an ease with themselves and one another which is wonderful to see. It is always sad to see the UVIth’s final performance and this was also the last appearance of our ‘Composer not in residence’ because she is soon off to Princetown to start her musical studies there, having turned down a similar offer from Yale.
On Wednesday we had the annual Art Exhibition. As ever this was just stunning with some really eye-catching pieces especially from the LVIth and UVIth. There was so much which was outstanding that it is impossible to do it justice here so you will have to wait for the full write-up in the Summer issue of More In Depth which will be out at the start of next term and the picture feature in Even More ~ again out at the start of next term.
As this year closes, there is so much to look forward to next year ~ the English and Drama Department will be introducing LAMDA lessons for the first time, and also already have an intriguing idea for World Book Day; the VIth Form Overseas Challenge expedition will be going out at the end of the year ~ to name but a few. It is the 60th Jubilee v2.0 next year which has a number of great events lined up to celebrate our age and a number of facilities which being targeted ~ an upgrade to the Art Studio and, if we can, the development of a recording studio in School. Exciting stuff with more details to follow next term.
So all that it remains for me to do is to wish you a very happy and safe summer.
The week ahead
|Monday 1st July||PM House Entertainment rehearsals|
|Tuesday 2nd July||PM House Entertainment rehearsals|
|Wednesday 3rd July||House Entertainment competition12 noon End of Year for the girls
PM: Staff training session on pastoral matters
In the Chapel this week
Give me a mind that is humble, quiet, peaceful, patient and charitable, and a taste of your Holy Spirit in all my thoughts, words and deeds.
Give me a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of You.
Take from us all lukewarmness in meditation and all dullness in prayer. Give us fervour and delight in thinking of you, your grace, and your tender compassion towards us.
Give us, good Lord, the grace to work for the things we pray for. Amen.
The Prayer of St Thomas More