Senior Reflections

Senior Reflections

Dear parents,

Music

This has been a busy week and the highlights for me have been two wonderful musical events, very different in style, and the more enjoyable because of this.  On Tuesday evening we had an open mic event in the music hall. The brainchild of Rhianna, in the sixth form, this was the second such event and allowed a wide range of pupils, of all ages, to demonstrate their musical skills in a very informal way. Incredibly well supported by a large audience of their friends, the programme was uplifting and relaxing, a wonderful way to end a busy school day. Very well done to Rhianna in particular, but to all the performers, for a very enjoyable event. Last evening, in the chapel, was the chamber concert. Rather more formal in style, but just as far reaching in variety, we enjoyed everything from Mozart to The Carpenters, both choral and orchestral and with ensembles large and small. Again, we see the strength of our fabulous music team, with Mr Davies and Mr Tamblyn directing your children to produce wonderful performances and with such confidence. I think we all loved Seb’s trombone playing – which has got to be the most humorous piece of the evening! Well done to all involved, and many thanks to all our music team for the support that they give your children which allows them to produce such wonderful music.

Open events and admissions

On Thursday we also welcomed prospective sixth formers to the school for a taster day. It was an extremely well attended event, with boys and girls joining us from a wide range of local schools. They were able to have four taster A Level classes, and to meet with our current L6 formers, who acted as guides and buddies to make sure that they had a great day and didn’t get lost! I was able to have a brief chat with them at lunchtime, to find out a little about them and it was a pleasure to hear about their passions and what they would bring to the school. Next week we have scholarship applicants here for interview, which is always a great pleasure – and I will be meeting with them to explore their motivations and skills alongside the formal subject specific assessment process. If your child is applying for a scholarship, I wish them every success – interviewing our own pupils is just as rewarding and interesting as meeting the prospective new joiners.

Pastoral restructure

Over the last week we have interviewed internal candidates for the new roles of heads of year and heads of house as we progress our move to a tartan pastoral structure. Just as interviewing our pupils, I am always heartened when I interview internal candidates for roles in school, as I am reminded what strength, depth and breadth we have in the staff team, and also what motivates them to support and challenge your children in their daily lives. We should be in a position to announce the seven newly appointed heads of year and five new heads of house in the next couple of weeks, and we will, of course, share these with you. They will take up their posts in September 2024, but there is much to be done to prepare for the new structure before then and we hope that the new appointees will enjoy being involved in the decision making as we shape the new houses and embed the year group structure in the two terms ahead.

Parental forum

Last night we welcomed parents to a parental forum to discuss the digital world in which our children are growing up, and how we can help them to navigate their online activity safely. The discussion was excellent and some parents had great tips and strategies to share about how they manage their children’s use of technology at home. I think we all learned a lot from each other and will be implementing some of the ideas as soon as we can. Tying exercise to a way for children to ‘buy’ extra time online was my personal favourite.

Family society

This afternoon we have the second meeting of the family society committee and we hope that we will soon be able to share with you the events and activities that the society is starting to plan, and are taking shape for the months to come. We very much hope that you will support these events and get involved, in order to connect with each other, and also allow our children to have some fun events at school, which will, we hope, be effective vehicles for fund raising.

Non uniform day

On Wednesday 22 November there is a non-uniform day in aid of Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby who support children with disabilities, or facing disadvantage. The suggested optional donation is £2. Many thanks for your support with this.

This weekend

On Saturday morning we have our mini medical interviews programme for those pupils who are applying for clinical courses at university. This scheme gives them a great opportunity to meet with clinicians and practitioners and prepare effectively for interviews at the institutions to which they have applied. We are very grateful to the parents and other community members who give up their time to support this excellent event and I look forward to seeing some of you here. In sport this weekend we have a range of fixtures against Mount Kelly, Wellington School and Blundell’s Prep. I wish all the girls and boys success in their rugby and hockey and look forward to seeing some of you as you are supporting your children.

Finally, four pupils will be confirmed in Exeter Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, after being prepared for confirmation through last year, with Rev. Nightingale. This is a big moment for the families involved and I wish Elisabeth, Mollie, Georgia and Ella all the best for the service on Sunday; congratulations to them all.

Have a lovely weekend.

WaterAid Christmas Concert

Our annual Charity Christmas Concert, this year in aid of WaterAid, takes place on Tuesday 5 December 2023 at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral.

The musicians of Exeter School will provide a joyful start to the festive period with a concert of seasonal music and readings. The groups that perform are the Chamber Choir, Senior Choir, Show Choir, Belles Canto, Vocal Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the Senior Brass.

Tickets can be purchased here for the nave or unreserved side aisles, with reductions for children. Ticket Prices Nave Adult £15 / Child £8. Unreserved side aisles Adult £13 / Child £7.

We will let the pupils know when tickets are ready to be collected from the Bursary office at Exeter School, otherwise they will be available at the Cathedral on the evening of the event. People with special access requirements are asked to contact the Box Office on (01392) 458934.

Cross country success

The senior school cross country teams were in action last week competing in the Exeter district event at Blundell’s. Teams from 3F, 4F/L5 and M5/U5 raced in very muddy conditions across a course ranging from 2.4 – 3.9 km. Exeter pupils had a really successful day dominating the 3F (U12) event with Max, Benjamin and Edward finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the boys event and Lydia, Kiva, Astrid, Lucy and Lucy finishing in 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th and 11th in the girls race. They will be joined by Sophie, Lisa, Rose, Thea, Omar and Austin (4F/L5), Arabella, Gracie and Rory (M5/U5) and a number of sixth pupils in the Exeter district team when they compete the best athletes from East Devon on 23 November. A special mention to Rory who was in superb form winning the U15/U16 race by some distance in an incredible time – 3.9km in 12:58. Rory made it all the way through the national finals last year where he finished 12th overall and we look forward to monitoring his progress, and that of the others in the squads over the coming weeks.

Hockey success – triple county champions

The girls hockey squads have had amazing success over the past 2 weeks at the Devon county championships. The U14s won their tier tournament before the half term break and both the U13 and U12 teams followed in their footsteps by winning this week. The U14s have travelled to Clifton College today where they are playing in the tier 2 regional finals, it will be the turn of the U12s and U13s later this year. There is also hockey action this weekend with the 1st XI competing against Wellington School this evening and the rest of the year groups in action tomorrow. The seniors are also representing the school in the regional indoor hockey finals on Sunday. We wish all of the teams the very best of luck over the next three days and look forward to hearing about how they have got on.

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