An audience with Year 11 students
It has been like Piccadilly Circus in my office for the past few weeks. I have endeavoured to see every Year 11 boy in the aftermath of their GCSE mocks to offer congratulations or pep talks and to find out more about their interests and the directions in which they are heading.
It has been fascinating and encouraging to find out about the variety of different activities they are doing both in and out of school – some very prominently in the sports teams or music ensembles, but many quietly doing volunteering or other activities outside school. The one thing I have more clearly understood is that any narrow definition of a “Warwick boy” is extremely unhelpful. Where they have shared common characteristics is in their politeness and thoughtfulness about their own current situations and future plans. I appreciate it may have been a daunting exercise for some but I hope a worthwhile experience.
Last week Mr Barker and I had the first of a number of lunchtime conversations with Prefects with a specific focus on pastoral matters. It was encouraging to hear how well supported they feel and how they all felt there were a number of staff that any pupil could approach. That said we are always looking at ways to improve in all areas and the pastoral care is essential – happy boys do well and without good pastoral care the academic and co-curricular achievements would be much the less.
And so we have reached half-term. We finish with the House Drama this afternoon. I am greatly looking forward to this and I expect it to be as uplifting an end to the half-term as the House Shout was back in October.
I wish all the boys a good rest over this next week and look forward to seeing them back on Monday 25 February.