There is always something special about the start of the Summer Term. Along with the smell of freshly mown grass is a tangible sense of purpose among the pupils as the school readies itself for the beginning of the exam season. All of you will have at some stage taken public exams and will remember only too well the way the pulse quickens as final revision is done. I know that you will want to join me in wishing all our candidates the very best of luck as they prepare to sit their first papers.
I really value the way The Week Ahead allows me to communicate with you so regularly, and I know how important the whole newsletter is in keeping you informed of important events that are coming up, as well as painting a picture of the rich variety of College life. However, it would interest me to know which parts are most important to you, which are less so, and what else you might like to see in the publication. Please do communicate any thoughts you have to Tim Head.
May I end by thanking you for support and encouragement you gave me before and during the Marathon des Sables which I completed last week? I was both amazed and delighted to receive messages from the Wellington community via the Sahara Email system, which gave me a huge lift, just when I needed it most. At times during the five day experience I wasn’t sure whether I was in heaven or hell, but what I do know is that it was one of the most unique, beautiful and brutal experiences of my life and one that I will never forget. If you feel able to contribute to St Michael’s School, the girls’ primary school in rural Uganda that Mark Mortimer (Head of Warminster School) and I were supporting, then please do visit our Heads in the Sand page.