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  • Triathlons, Twain, and 2022

    Published 07/01/22, by Ellie Hastings

    Happy New Year!

    It has been fantastic to welcome the boys back on site this week. Although the emergence of the Omicron variant has meant the last-minute introduction of some additional mitigations, things could be significantly worse - after all, last year began with an announcement that schools would be closed! Although it’s not the start to 2022 which we had all been hoping for, if these measures help to keep your sons in school then they are the lesser of two evils.

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  • On Gratitude at Christmas

    Published 09/12/21, by Alicia Peacock

    As you know I love reading and I love books. Things I have read frequently form the basis of my assemblies and blogs.  During term it can be hard to find the time to read for pleasure.

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  • Encouraging Perspective on Sustainability

    Published 26/11/21, by Alicia Peacock

    COP26, the climate conference that took place in Glasgow between 31st October and 12th November, at which countries revisited climate pledges made under the 2015 Paris Agreement and reached a new global agreement – the Glasgow Climate Pact – has placed the environment on the front pages this month.  Although not legally binding, the pact will set the global agenda on climate change for the next decade and aims to reduce its worst impacts. However, many leaders and campaigners argue that it does not go far enough. 

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  • Importance of Empathy

    Published 05/11/21, by Viki McNulty

    In this week’s assembly, I spoke to the boys about the importance of empathy, the ability to see the world from another’s perspective and understand their feelings. Empathy comes with experience and the wisdom and understanding that come with it.

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  • Mental Health

    Published 15/10/21, by Viki McNulty

    Last Sunday, 10 October, was World Mental Health Day. The cusp of half term and a much-needed chance to rest and revitalise seems like the ideal time to talk about well-being, which is often a victim of the pace of our daily lives.

    Men’s mental health is often surrounded by a negative stigma which discourages discussion. 1 in 10 young people, approximately three in every classroom, will experience a mental health problem. Research suggests that nearly 70% of young people who have experienced a mental health problem have also experienced a negative reaction to those problems from family, friends and teachers. Experiencing a mental health problem is hard enough; fear of judgment, shame and isolation make it that much harder.

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  • Control the Controllable.

    Published 24/09/21, by Viki McNulty

    Over the summer I read a book by Ed Smith the author, journalist and former international cricketer who was England’s national selector between 2018 and 2021. That book, ‘What Sport Teaches Us About Life’ comprises fifteen essays in which Smith attempts to draw intellectual lessons and practical guidance from some of the questions that sports fans love to debate.

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  • The Long Awaited Return to Normality

    Published 10/09/21, by Viki McNulty
    This term begins with a real sense of optimism as the lifting of Covid restrictions and the vaccination programme promise the start of a long and eagerly awaited return to normal. Standing in front of Warwick Hall on Monday morning, I witnessed smili
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  • Enjoy your summer, take advantage of the opportunity for rest and renewal.

    Published 08/07/21, by Admin

    The delay to Step 4 of the Government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ has meant a quieter end to the school year than we had all hoped, but as another extraordinary school year draws to a close I do not want to dwell on the challenges, but rather to focus on the achievements of the past term.

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  • Think Before You Post

    Published 24/06/21, by Admin

    2 June 2021, you are 27 years old and having been sacked by Yorkshire in 2014 for ‘unprofessional behaviour’, and subsequently failing to secure a contract at Hampshire you have just played your first day of test cricket at Lord's and taken your first test wicket. This should be a day of celebration.

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  • Taking Responsibility

    Published 10/06/21, by Admin

    Every day I spend forty minutes, each way, commuting to and from Warwick School. Initially I viewed this commute negatively, as a waste of my time, time that would be better spent either at school or at home with my family. Both these things are still true, but I have come to enjoy the commute rather than merely tolerating it.

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  • Curiosity

    Published 27/05/21, by Admin

    One of the values we seek to foster as part of the Warwick Way is Curiosity, but exactly what is curiosity and why is it so valuable.

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  • Why do we play sport?

    Published 06/05/21, by Admin

    Saturday 24 April was a great day. The sun was out, it felt like summer was on its way and for the first time in over a year I watched Warwick School boys playing competitive sport, it truly felt like the beginning of the return to normal. 

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