Headteacher’s News – 2018 06 08

We are all very proud of the performance of the Boat Club at the recent National Schools’ Regatta.  It really shows the tremendous depth and breadth of the club at the moment and the winning formula of talented coaches, dedicated young rowers and hugely supportive parents.  The club came away with so much success in so many ways.  There were three boys in the championship sculls final.  There are three medals at championship level for the club, gold, silver and bronze in different events.  The WBSBC entered two J16 eights and two J14 octuples, which shows the width of the club.  Isaac Workman has made TWBS history as the first individual to win NSR championship sculls.  And to cap it all the marquee and bankside set up won a prize too.  At every level the club as a whole and every single person in it deserves a big congratulations, but particularly the indefatigable Director of Rowing, Mark Wilkinson, whose passion and vision and standards keep everything going from success to success.  Well done all.

There are also other individuals who deserve a mention too, for the quiet way they achieve great things in their chosen sport.  In cricket Charlie Dunnett in year 9 scored a century in a recent fixture, but then displayed such reserve and modesty about his achievement, he modelled the uno animo spirit beautifully.  In kayaking, Will Scammell in year 12 continues to quietly but powerfully add to his medal haul with two international silver medals for Great Britain.  And there are many more who in true TWBS style achieve great things but aren’t ostentatious. (Please come forward if you are one!) Well done both.

Tonight I am going to the student-led production of The Sound of Music which I am looking forward to immensely.  Over the last two years the music department has been a pioneer in terms of developing student leadership and encouraging the older students, both boys and girls, to take the lead in so many ways.  This week’s show is so special in that the adults have really taken a back seat, and left the musical direction, singing and dramatic presentation and staging to the sixth formers entirely.  By all accounts they have been fantastic and deserve to be truly recognised for such an achievement.  I hope to see some of you there tonight. Can’t wait!

Have a good weekend.

Gavin Henderson