Headteacher’s News – 2017 12 01

The sheer diversity of what goes on at TWBS never fails to amaze and inspire. By Monday morning this week, the set from Beauty and the Beast had been dismantled and the cast and crew had enjoyed their after party on the Sunday evening; no doubt exhausted but exhilarated too, having created memories that will last a lifetime. Huge congratulations to all involved. At the time of writing, the hall is being transformed again, this time in preparation for the ‘Friends’ Uno Animo dinner and dance this weekend. The contribution that the Friends of TWBS make to the life of the school is extraordinary on so many levels and we are enormously grateful to them. Another space that has been transformed this week is the sports hall. The transformation perhaps lacks the colour and imagination of the set in the main hall but our site team and examinations manager, Mrs Lewis, have worked really hard to convert the sports hall into an exam space ready for the start of the year 11 mocks on the Wednesday just gone. The boys have been incredibly focused and the vast majority seem to have been revising and preparing thoroughly. I began an assembly with them last week with a simple sum:

What is the difference between 179 and 180?

Of course, the answer is 1. In a GCSE qualification where 300 marks are available though, 180 represents a pass grade and 179 does not. The margins can be fine; I was trying to illustrate the importance of giving it absolutely everything to give yourself the best opportunity to be successful. The first two days of the mocks have indicated that this message appears to have been understood by the boys and we have been proud of their efforts and the calm, mature way in which they have approached things. It bodes well!

The extra-curricular schedule has been as busy as ever with a raft of fixtures and events. Just this afternoon, the first XI football team won through to the last 32 in the country after defeating Woodcote School 4-2 with Gus Bowles scoring a hat trick in the freezing conditions. A special mention must also go to the five swimmers who competed so well at national level last week – a full write up appears elsewhere in the newsletter. One of the newer additions to our sporting repertoire is the bowls team. They may not be competing at a national level just yet (but I bet it won’t be long!) but they are getting involved, giving it everything and representing the school with great distinction. Hopefully they are having fun too. Many thanks to Mr Smith for getting the bowls club off the ground. The rugby team were also given a huge boost ahead of their final two fixtures this calendar year when they were treated to a training session by old boy, Dean Amasinger, who now works with the England rugby team. Massive thanks to Dean for following up his assemblies by giving up some more of his time to the school.

Next week sees no let up. The mocks continue for year 11 pupils and full reports will be published for boys in the upper part of the school in year 13. UCAS applications are nearing completion and they will begin their final push when we return in the new year. We also have house events approaching and the usual array of Christmas themed musical events, culminating in the two carol services at the Parish Church in the final week of term. Once the final notes of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ have rung out we will all, pupils and staff, together with families, take an opportunity to get some well-deserved rest.

Uno Animo

Mr A Titheridge