Welcome to the latest eNewsletter
An Introduction from Headmaster, Leo Winkley
The Russian playwright and short-story writer, Anton Chekhov, was born on 29th January 1860. Famed as one of the greatest writers of short fiction, he once wrote in a letter to his brother urging thus: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass”. This week, as we come to the close of the third full week of remote provision this term, I have been thinking about optimism. Please follow this link to the new Letter from Shrewsbury: Dear Optimist. There is light: both on the broken glass and at the end of the tunnel that we are all travelling through. Although it does feel that the tunnel has got a bit longer of late, the Salopian soul remains optimistic by nature and we have so many blessings to count, even in these difficult times. The pupils have been doing a fantastic job of engaging with their online learning, staying active and keeping in touch with house life. The staff have been working hard to make the programme as lively and varied as possible. We are all going week to week, trying to make the very best of the circumstances imposed on us all. This latest edition of the e-newsletter gives abundant evidence of the spirit of the School.
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced that schools in England will not be able to bring pupils back until 8th March at the earliest. Though not unexpected, this was really tough news to take. We have been pushing the case for safe re-opening. You may be aware, for example, that we have offered to act as a regional vaccination hub to help speed up the safe re-opening of schools. Please follow this link to a recent interview on BBC Radio Shropshire (interview starts at 1:27:10). We have a small number of pupils with us on-site and schools have been promised two weeks’ notice of when we can open up again fully. As it stands, we know that at least four more weeks of remote learning lie ahead – two either side of the Exeat break. This being the case, we continue to apply all our energies to delivering the best possible programme for the pupils.
A virtual Coach Weekend is now upon us, providing the timely opportunity for pupils and staff to have a break from screen-time. As ever, I send my very best wishes to all Salopian households around the globe.
Celebrating the effort, endeavour and enterprise of Salopians - Please follow this link for details of this week's Floreat.
An update from Peter Middleton, Deputy Head Co-Curricular
As a proud Scot, I couldn’t let Burns Night pass this week without getting dressed up in tartan, cook the traditional dish of haggis, neeps and tatties, and address said “great chieftain of the pudding race”. My wife- a fellow Scot- humoured me through this rigmarole, her look of amusement less resulting from the wit of Scotland’s bard and more on the abomination that is my DIY Lockdown haircut, a shearing that has certainly been a ‘talking point’ amongst my pupils this week in online lessons...
I was reminded of another famous Burns poem- ‘To a Mouse’- whilst reflecting on the past few weeks as we’ve launched the second iteration of the co-curriculum in remote. As Burns famously put it, “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men/Gang aft agley” and so it was for us as our carefully prepared plans for the Lent Term found themselves scrunched up and tossed aside as we responded to the Government’s announcement of school closures and, with just three days to do so, hastily crafted a new plan for how we’d deliver the co-curriculum in remote.
An Invitation to our Parents from Shrewsbury School
There is still time to book onto the first wave of live lectures, workshops and performances for our parents to enjoy.
The events are completely free and booking is only via the ticketsource website. Once you have made your selection you will be sent a confirmation email, which includes the zoom link.
We are proud to host our 5th MUN Conference on Sunday 7th February. There is still time to sign up, all pupils are welcome, including beginners.