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Dear Parents and Carers,

Although it is not yet December, there is certainly a feeling that Christmas is very much upon us! Last weekend, students from the Windsor Upper Schools sang carols at the switching on of the lights in Eton and Windsor; having missed out on so much of the community element of Christmas last year, I am delighted the students are able to participate in these events. Judging by the crowds last weekend, it seems we are all ready and raring to enjoy the festive period!

It is a recurring theme of my communications to say that the school, the students and the staff are always busy, but this is truer than ever at this time of year. I have been fortunate enough to see the students rehearsing for “The Little Mermaid” which I know will be an amazing production; there are still a few tickets left, and I would urge you to buy tickets, which you can do using the following link:

In terms of rowing, the school continues to have outstanding results, which we must not take for granted. Over the weekend there were some astonishing results at the Under 19 GB Trails: Marcus Chute won by an incredible margin. On time, Charlie Warren was 2nd, Max Bird 3rd, Jacob Ioras 6th, Charlie Ingham 11th, Jack Cadwallader 13th, and Dylan James came 18th. These are unprecedented results at senior level among a field of 130 of GBs best scullers and rowers. On Sunday a huge number of Year 9/10/11/12 boys raced all day up in Bedford with several good wins too and the results in the last few weeks have put TWBS at the top of all the rankings for all schools (private and state) and rowing clubs by a significant margin – an incredible achievement.

All of these events and achievements, of which we are so proud, are a reflection of the dedication of the students and the support of you, as parents. However, I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the staff involved, who regularly give up their weekends and evenings to give students the platform to excel; the activities listed in this communication is by no means an exhaustive list.

Speaking of thanks, I am extremely grateful to The Friends of TWBS who, much like the school itself, are very busy at this time of year. This group of volunteers selflessly give their time, whether it is on Saturday morning providing bacon sandwiches or organising the Uno Animo Dance, and raise funds for the school that are so crucial to maintaining our strength of provision for the students. I thank them, and all the staff and students, for their efforts so far this term, and my thanks to you for your continued support.

Have a great weekend.

Yours faithfully,



Sean Furness