Headmaster's Highlights

Friday 17th December 2020

Dear Parents

Welcome back to the Spring Term and the start of our 150th anniversary year. The boys have been largely indifferent to the awful weather. They have been too busy being in the moment and learning. The rugby season is now underway and, for the Seniors, some really competitive matches. The horizontal rainfall and strong winds, didn’t stop our strong play, but did challenge the umbrellas of parents coming to support us, so thank you for that. Also, I suspect the volume of mud may have challenged your washing machines… but all good fun.

Next week sees the boys at Homefield 'finding their brave', and developing their speaking and listening skills as a primary focus of our Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. This focus on mental health is championed nationally by the charity Place2Be, who believe that children should not have to face mental health problems alone. Their website provides useful resources and information. Across the school, we will be engaging in active and exciting lessons to promote the theme of bravery.

Boys will have the opportunity to consider skills needed to face challenges, look at role models, consider how they seek help and from where, as well as put into action how to support their peers. To end the week, on Friday 24th January, boys can participate in our 'Make1Change' fundraiser. On this day, boys will be able to make one change to their school uniform, for example a different shirt, a different tie, donating £1 to Place2Be. This will support the school's message to think about how making one change to your life can have longer term benefits.

As the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked: “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave for five minutes longer.”

You can follow our story of the week on our new Wellbeing Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/wellbeing_hps

Over the holiday, we made a start with our build programme. The boys have been most interested, but also managed themselves well, as we have had to change habits as to where we line up and play to ensure the builders have a safe compound to work within. The new classroom block to the rear should be done by the summer.

If you would like to keep up with progress, then there is a section on our website which also links to a dedicated Instagram feed from our Builders. We have also commissioned an aerial drone to capture some before, after and during footage… because boys generally love diggers, building things and plans!

Here is the page and you will see the Instagram links and other useful information:


Finally, many congratulations to Kwame in Year 8 who is to be Head Boy for the duration of the Spring Term.

Have a good weekend,

John Towers