My goodness, what a week!
Half term seems ages ago as so much was packed in these past few days.
Our extraordinary Cross Country Competition was as good as ever. In challenging conditions the children did themselves proud. It was Windlesham spirit and endeavour at its very best, I ran in both the senior and junior races. I found myself way down the field and have just about recovered a week later!
Our Senior Play Production was a resounding success. Our Head of Drama and our Director of Music/Productions very cleverly put together scenes and songs from over seventeen productions that they have undertaken over the last 13 years. This was partly to mark and celebrate 30 years of the Malden Family Theatre and, based on the number of plaudits we have received, the performances have done this justice.
Like everyone else up and down the country our efforts to make sure our centenary Remembrance Service has been very much to the forefront of our thinking and planning over the past six months or so. To say I was pleased and proud of the school on Sunday would be a gross understatement. The service was moving to say the least. Our guest speaker, the Right Honourable Lord Hastings, gave a wonderful address and those children who had readings or prayers impressed everyone. I shall personally always remember the wreath laying by the front porch. It was very dignified and will be a lasting memory. The school have been aware of 44 ‘Lost Boys’, the names given to those who attended Windlesham, but lost their lives either during WWI, or as a result of their injuries afterwards. However, while investigating their deaths and biographies, it transpired that there were in fact an additional 26 Old Boys who also lost their lives.
During our service we honoured each of these men by reading out their names, in the form of a Roll Call. As each name was read out a child stood up and held an A3 laminated card with their photograph and brief history.
The children were selected on the basis of their dates of both matching the death dates of each service. In most cases these were exact matches, while some were only a few days away. Hence the range of children involved, from Reception tight up to the Ones. It was a deeply moving moment.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a group of Prep School Heads from all over the country. We had a number of hot topics to discuss, Most parents will be pleased to know ISEB Pre-testing was high on the agenda. We also had a debate about Common Entrance, which was very productive.
I then chaired a Q & A session with the Heads of Admissions from St Mary’s Ascot, Charterhouse, Marlborough and Harrow. This was very informative and, in many respects, reassuring given the concerns growing of the fore mentioned topics.
Much to my delight my colleagues were blown away by our new Sports Centre and all the other new facilities that have been created over the last few years. Most importantly, the children who were on hand to meet and greet, give tours and usher my guests impressed everyone hugely, which, as ever, is the most important thing for me to take away from the day.