Over 300 excited, curious and no doubt in many cases slightly nervous boys, girls and parents gathered at Shrewsbury School last Sunday for the first of what is intended to be an annual ‘taster’ event for pupils about to join the School, or interested in joining. The children, efficiently colour coded and divided into groups (Everest, Ben Nevis, Kilimanjaro, Fuji, Snowdon) and waving happily to their parents, were whisked off to a series of fun and interactive sessions designed to introduce them to some of the academic aspects of Salopian life. These ranged from exploring mountains on the moon in Physics to completing expedition training in Biology, via food tasting from around the world in Modern Languages, a ‘Do you have what it takes to climb Everest?’ session in Geography and a ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ style quiz on mountains in the Bible from Philosophy & Theology (RS).
Their offspring thus happily engaged, parents were treated to a series of talks and presentations in the Ashton Theatre, the undoubted highlight being an unscripted and unrehearsed panel of the most recent intake of Third Formers who spoke enthusiastically, sometimes disarmingly honestly, always reassuringly, about their first weeks at Shrewsbury. Talks and presentations were interspersed with ‘a capella’ music provided by Churchill’s Hall and by Connie Osborne of Mary Sidney Hall on her ukulele. Parents and children were then reunited for a grand ‘Mountains & Meadows’ themed tea party in the Alington Hall, friendships already beginning to form amongst the boys and girls. We were delighted to be able to meet so many parents and prospective Salopians who braved the wild weather to be at the event and look forward to welcoming them again soon.