It would be easy to dwell on the many things that have continued to be taken from us during summer term 2021—the usual opportunities for older pupils to visit places abroad (and for younger pupils to explore the Brecon Beacons), the full sporting and artistic calendar of events, and the sense of security and confidence that comes from more predictable circumstances! Furthermore, those pupils who have been advised or required to isolate have missed out on learning and other school experiences—albeit only for a few days at a time. But, as ever, we must reflect on that which abides. This term, under our Covid risk assessment, a huge range of activities has taken place! The term ended with the usual Sports Day, there was a Lower School production ("Fantastic Mr Fox"), there have been concerts (including the Grand Finale of our House Music Competition, judged by the Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, an Old Wisonian), a very full sporting calendar (compromised more by the weather than Covid), trips for whole year groups (to Kew Gardens, RHS Wisley, and the beautiful coastline at Eastbourne), a Year 7 Music Day, a massive University Preparation Programme involving every student in Year 12 over the course of a week (which in itself involved various trips and visits for some), and a Speak Out Challenge for Year 10.
Furthermore, with the usual care to adhere to the school's risk assessment, co-curricular activities have continued in every aspect of school life: in addition to the staples of Sport, Music, Chess, CCF, Drama, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Gardening and Bird Watching Clubs have flourished, the Wilson's Intrigue and Politeia teams have continued to produce entirely student-led publications of high quality, and pupils have continued to enjoy experiences in cycling, golf, tennis and athletics within and beyond the school.
Congratulations and thank you to all pupils and staff who have been involved in these activities. In recognition of their achievements, a video is available https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCho_h9Nvzo, setting some images from this term to our Barbershop Ensemble's performance of "Though Much is Taken, Much Abides" by Victor C. Johnson, which sets selected lines from Tennyson's Ulysses, at the Vocal Evening a few weeks ago. Have a great summer!
2021-22 prefects receive their ties from the Headmaster
Different Year 9 groups exploring the Wandle
Year 8 at Kew Gardens
Some of the photos taken by Year 8 boys at Kew for a photographic competition
Year 10 at Beachy Head