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From the desk of the Head Master 28 September 2018

Today we hosted the Macmillan Big Breakfast and will be delighted to host the Brain Tumour Charity’s Twilight Walk on Sunday.

There was a great turnout at the Big Breakfast and I hope to see you on Sunday for the Twilight walk. We had a special assembly for boys in Years 8-11 earlier this term, with a guest speaker from the Brain Tumour Charity, as well as one of our own Year 9 boys who has been undergoing treatment. As I said to the boys, these events are usually great fun, especially if you do it as a family or with a group of friends (and the weather is set fair for Sunday!). Jacob’s JustGiving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/warwick-school1?

One of the messages I will be giving to the boys in the coming months is the privilege they have in attending a school such as Warwick, with the facilities they enjoy and a committed and talented group of staff to look after them. I want the boys to recognise this privilege, and also to understand that it comes with an obligation to give something back.

Being involved in fundraising for charity is one such way; volunteering in the community is another. I was delighted that 22 boys from Years 11-12 had signed up to take part in this summer’s National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme, and we celebrated this after school last week with a Celebration Tea for all students and their parents.

There are other programmes our boys get involved with in the local community:

  • The station garden at Leamington has been tended this year by pupils from Warwick School.
  • Since the start of this term, groups of Year 9 boys have been visiting Pickard Street Community Centre on a Friday afternoon.  All residents are invited and the boys enjoy chatting with them, playing board games and serving hot drinks. 
  • We also currently have pupils who take part in a local voluntary scheme called Kissing it Better.  These boys visit Warwick Hospital and spend time with the patients.  We know these visits make such a difference to the patients’ day, as often these are the only visitors these people receive.

These schemes do not only benefit the community, they benefit the boys. I am not talking about the superficial extra line for a UCAS statement but a development of empathy and a better understanding of other people. Seeing the problems of others first hand can also diminish those you are grappling with personally.

We want more boys involved and we are always looking for further volunteering opportunities – if any parent or OW reading this has a scheme in which a group of our boys could participate please do contact Eileen Braham e.braham@warwickschools.co.uk