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  • British Summer Holidays

    Published 01/07/22, by Alicia Peacock

    As term draws to an end and with the summer holidays upon us, I felt it appropriate to reflect on this British Institution. The traditional British Summer Holiday of between 6 and 8 weeks has frequently been called into question over the years.

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  • Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zone

    Published 10/06/22, by Alicia Peacock

    " Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" – Neale Donald Walsh

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  • 'Make Your Lives Extraordinary'

    Published 27/05/22, by Alicia Peacock

    Last Friday for the second time in two years Warwick School was faced with the sudden unexpected loss of a much-loved member of our community. Dr Gill (Bill) was always fantastic company and the very best of colleagues, unfailingly positive, he made time for everyone.

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  • The Life of Pi and Choosing the Better Story

    Published 13/05/22, by Alicia Peacock

    Recently when listening to my favourite podcast, I was reminded of a novel that I love, the Canadian author Yann Martell’s Booker prize winner ‘The Life of Pi’.  The novel was turned into a Hollywood film in 2012 for which Ang Lee won the Oscar for best director. It tells the remarkable story of Pi Patel and takes the form of an interview of the middle-aged Pi, conducted by a young Canadian author who has been told that his extraordinary life story would make a great subject for a book.

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  • St George's Day

    Published 29/04/22, by Ellie Hastings

    Last Saturday was St George’s Day. St. George’s Day is celebrated every year on 23 April and it marks the death of the patron saint of England.

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  • The Benefits of Volunteering

    Published 11/03/22, by Alicia Peacock

    ‘The essence of life is to serve others and do good’ - Aristotle

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  • Random Acts of Kindness

    Published 18/02/22, by Alicia Peacock

    “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” - Princess Diana

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day

    Published 28/01/22, by Alicia Peacock

     

    'Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’ - George Santayana

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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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