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The school production of Kiss Me Kate is the tenth musical that Mr Manwaring has put on at TWBS and it looks like being a perfect production for an anniversary occasion.  The story is based loosely around Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and the music is by Cole Porter; it is generally considered one of the great musicals from the post-war period.  It is another joint production with the Windsor Girls’ School and students and staff from both schools have been working very hard over the last few months to prepare and rehearse for it.   It promises to be as good as or even better than the wonderful shows put on in the past ten years.  It is genuinely a really good night out.  Please make sure you get your tickets in advance.

Please read about the vast range of sporting activities that have taken place this week.  Rugby season is still well underway with our brilliant year 10 squad continually pulling off some stunning wins.  And football, bowls, Duke of Edinburgh, cross country and Julian van Gelderen in his single scull are also flying high.  I’d like to specially mention the swimmers who have done the school proud with their outstanding performance at the ESSA Secondary Team championships.  Please always remember that for most of these sports and activities, the teachers are giving up their time voluntarily – please make sure you encourage your son to always say thank you to the staff running these activities – it’s a small gesture that means a lot.

I’d like to highlight the work the business studies department have been doing with the year 10 Dragon’s Den challenge.  Over 35% of the year group took part and made some amazing pitches.  The business staff were overwhelmed by both the numbers of young people choosing to take part, and by the quality and ingenuity of the presentations.  If this is the future of businesses in the region, it looks highly profitable.

Finally I’d like to thank the senior prefects for organising the first student council meeting of the year.  The students want to bring about a better environment in the school and in the world.  They came up with several ideas to reduce the use of plastic bottles.  They are going to be fundraising to buy more water fountains and they hope to eventually do away with the need for plastic bottles, by introducing reusable water bottles across the school.  All very ambitious, but with all of our support I am sure they can achieve their aim.

Have a good weekend.

Gavin Henderson