Monday, 24 April 2017
Headmaster’s Blog Summer Term Week 1
A half week is not a bad way to start the term. Before we knew it, it was the weekend and on cue the sun shone wonderfully well yesterday afternoon for the first cricket matches of the year. In fact on the Colts A pitch a fairly chilly wind blew across from Wales, but the Swimming pool pitch, where the 4th XI flexed their batting and bowling muscles, was glorious.
The oil seed rape fields are still going strong – I hope the Abberley bees have made the most of them, and the views on a sunny summer’s afternoon, both East and West, are hard to beat. There can be no denying that this is the best of terms, and Abberley is a wonderful place to be young and at school. I was reminded of this strongly on Thursday evening, walking up from the Girls’ boarding house, which I had been visiting after Activities. Most of the boarders were outside on the Flagpole Lawn, either playing or sitting around chatting to one another; all apparently without a care in the world; oh to be young!
Everyone appears to have returned in very good spirits. The Top Year are attacking their work and revision with real vim; I found a room full of them on Saturday evening after supper in one of the classrooms deep in their books! Break times are busy outdoors, either in the cricket nets, on the astro doing athletics, or the tennis courts.
We had our whole school photograph on Friday – Mr Richardson very wisely thought it sensible to get it done early in the term, while we were all still in one piece. Although the sun did not shine, it did stay dry, and the pupils behaved immaculately - at least I think so, though the photograph will be the proof of the pudding. The whole school; Nursery, Pre-prep and Prep School were taken altogether in this centenary year and I hope that at least one good photograph emerges for posterity.
Gardening is very much on the agenda, and cycling too, in one shape or other. We are again participating in the Royal Horticultural Show, Schools’ competition in Malvern in the next week or two. We have been extremely grateful to Mr Gabb, a garden designer of repute, who has been working closely with Mr Scott and team. They have come up with a super design, the flowers for which have just been delivered. I cannot wait to see it, together with the pupils who participated closely in the design and build, manning the display. Mr Raven has started his bicycle repair activity and will be running off-road biking throughout the school grounds this term. We will be appealing to parents shortly for any bikes cluttering up your barns and garages, outgrown by your children, which you would be prepared to donate to the school’s cycle stock. Top Year have returned with an array of bikes, ready to start their training for the 100 or 60 mile cycle ride during the Leavers’ Programme. It is a fantastic challenge and something for them to get their teeth stuck into; a real antidote to revision. It takes commitment over a sustained period and is something to remember their final days at Abberley by.
We had a super Chapel service this morning on St. George’s day – some rousing hymns, the choir (with barely a practise under their belts) on tip top form, and a very amusing and unusual address from Matthew Dennison of Moreton Hall, about an eighteenth century giraffe.
Let’s hope spirits stay strong; it has been a fun start.