Monday, 5 June 2017
Headmaster's Blog Summer Term 2017 - Week 7
HM’s Blog – Summer Week 7
A day off along with the rest of the country on Monday’s bank holiday for a change was a real treat. This was especially so as many other schools, or rather, most other schools, were all on Half Term, so the holiday spirit was strong.
The bank holiday weekend was patchy weather-wise, but there were some glorious moments. Beth and I caught rather too much of the sun down at Eton Dorney watching the National Schools’ Rowing regatta on Saturday, and Sunday was sunny too in Herefordshire to the extent of a wonderful swim in the river Lugg.
Coming back on a Monday evening meant that the rest of the week felt like we were always trying to catch up and was slightly disorientating, but the weekend came around even faster than usual. I am sure that the imminence of Common Entrance will have exacerbated this feeling of time disappearing even faster than usual. Everything has become rather serious and there has been a little bit of anxiety amongst some of the Top Year. Still, there is nothing like a deadline to promote endeavour and sharpen focus, and it has been a purposeful week of work.
The rather lovely weather has been punctuated by down pours and some cloudy skies. We have become rather accustomed to day after day of dry weather and it has meant that the term has been skipping along happily, with the children outside playing pretty much most of the time and everyone’s mood content and positive. Seeing everyone hang out after Activities on the Flag Pole lawn is a sight to remind one what it means to be young and carefree, and underlines why Abberley is such a super place to be at this stage in life – there is space, the light and air have a spectacular, soft quality in the evening sun, and the views both west and east are outrageous.
The cricket has continued to be very successful, both for the girls and boys and the mixed sides. We were rather too strong for the Elms on Saturday afternoon, particularly in the 1st XI. The younger girls’ fixtures were closer, and it is good to see that the Elms are going to embrace the idea of girls’ cricket lower down their school. I hope that the circuit continues to grow as it has been nothing but a good thing for our girls over the last two years.
The Top Year and selected members of staff were Scottish Reeling on Saturday evening. This was a good chance for everyone to stop thinking about exams for a couple of hours and let their hair down. All credit to the Top Year, they really got into the spirit and gave it their all, and as a consequence had a really fun evening. Freddie White was kind enough to come back to Abberley again and pipe the pupils up the hill at the start of the party. This set the tone: the girls dressed up and looked fantastic, and Fred Ross kept the boys’ standards up (though was fighting single-handed on that front!) Mrs Lockett and Mrs Channing had done a superb job on decorating the Front Hall and PDR. This time of year provides some sumptuous colour from the gardens – the flowers looked wonderful. We were joined by my old colleagues from Bryanston, who were speaking in Chapel on the following morning, the Ravens bravely joined us to be ‘christened’, and the Gaps added to the sum of dancers. The Front Hall was a picture as we danced the Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow and the Eightsome. All in all, a very satisfying way to end an evening. We all went to bed with smiles on our faces.
Will Lockett, Headmaster