Welcome to the latest eNewsletter
An Introduction from Headmaster, Leo Winkley
As week three of the summer term comes to an end, and VE Day commemorations flow into the coming weekend in the UK, the nostalgic tones of Dame Vera Lynn singing “We’ll Meet Again” will be playing up and down the land. Clearly, these words have amplified resonance as we reflect on world events 75 years ago from the perspective of these times of isolation and lockdown. It is a time to pause.
For me, the flag-waving is an understandable and important channel through which to show our ongoing gratitude for the sacrifices made by so many. 259 Salopians gave their lives during the course of World War Two and we remember them, and all lives given in conflict, with the deepest respect through our annual Remembrance Services on 11th November. I must confess that reflections on such dark times of global conflict do not put me in a mood to celebrate. Rather, they make me think of the fragile and complex nature of humanity; they make me reflect in a spirit of reconciliation, of fellowship, of the pursuit of peaceful co-operation across nations.
This three day weekend gives us all a timely opportunity to step back from the screens. It gives us time to spend in restful activity, albeit within current limitations. It is also a time at which we can mark the current sacrifices and noble acts of altruism going on across the world. Those working on the front line in the response to COVID-19. Those who are keeping countries going through their sense of service.
In Week Four we will be looking to introduce new approaches into the Fourth Form and Lower Sixth programmes and the Fifth Form starting out on their EPQ alongside study skills sessions that will prepare them for their Sixth Form experience. We continue to work for a mix of freshness and momentum in the remote learning programme and also to respond to very useful pupil feedback. In the meantime, all pupils should disconnect from work for three clear days.