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I would like to congratulate all the students, staff and parents involved in putting on such a great show that was ‘Kiss Me Kate.’  The performances from the leads were impeccable and very confident, with a real awareness of audience, and tremendously funny. The technical crew, lighting, stage and costumes were perfect, simply perfect. Front of house, the hospitality was excellent with ice-cream and grown up refreshments available for everyone’s palate.  The dancers and the chorus were a joy, brilliantly choreographed and amazingly balanced without feeling cramped on our small stage.  And the direction, from Ms Stafford-Allen of WGS was excellent, from the full set pieces being layered cleverly to the small intimate scenes where the actors could show their depth and range.  And the music, too, was a cut above this year.  The orchestra was flawless and so integral to the success of the show, and so pleasing to see young musicians  playing with professionals side by side.  The singers, individually and as a cast were sans pareil and the breathtaking number ‘Too Darned Hot’ was a perfect distillation of everything. James Manwaring, as musical director has pulled off another great production for TWBS and the Windsor Learning Partnership.  Well done to everyone.  Great stuff. Everyone is eagerly waiting to hear what the next one is going to be.

Year 11 should be congratulated too for their excellent work this week in mock exams.  It is quite clear the majority had tried hard and were well prepared.  Results will be out soon and papers returned to students for analysis and identification of areas for improvement. Teachers will be hard at it marking and commenting over the next few days.

As we build toward the end of term and the Christmas season, there is still a lot going on here.  As I write parents are getting ready for the Uno Animo dinner tomorrow night, rugby is still being played at Stovell tomorrow, the 1st XV fresh from their wonderful win against Eton earlier this week, and the musicians are performing at many places in Windsor all weekend and into next week. But the end of term is in sight, as house leaders prepare their students for the end of term house competitions, including debating and public speaking, as well as several winter sports.  We also start preparing the students for the world famous end of term carol concert – further details will be emailed soon – where everyone can really enjoy the Christmas cheer and know that the end of term is now nearly upon us.

Gavin Henderson