Headmaster's Bulletin 10th September 2021
We were delighted to welcome our students back to school and they have made a tremendous start to what will hopefully be much more of a normal school year. Deserved mention to the Year 7 and 12 cohorts who have settled extremely well into their respective new phases of education.
I’m very pleased to report that there have been some fantastic individual student achievements during the recent holiday period:
Ben Wilcock (Year 13) represented Northants at the European Youth Parliament UK Level event earlier in August. Ben gave a rousing opening defence speech in the closing assembly which was so well received that he has been selected to represent the United Kingdom at the European Level event in Lund, Sweden in March 2022.
The Year 11 cohort also have, impressively, four students celebrating new national call ups: Charlie Darbyshire has been selected for the England U16 Hockey Squad, Jamie Dunk represented Scotland at Cricket and places were given in the U17 England Water Polo squad to Shea Gilder and Harry Leeke. Shea and Harry are joined in the twenty-man squad by Year 12 students Lewis Glennon and George Pitt which means that NSB are making up a fifth of the national squad at that age group.
Last weekend the NSB Music programme made a triumphant return, with students past and present royally entertaining a large audience in our ‘Picnic in the Park’ event. After such a long enforced hiatus, it was wonderful to see our talented musicians in live audience action again as they engendered a fabulous atmosphere across the top levels of the NSB playing fields. This Sunday, the Theatre reopens its doors for the first time since the pandemic for the eagerly awaited ‘Matilda’ with tickets still available from the Box Office: Click Here
There was a superb start for the NSB rugby programme last week with all age groups winning their games against Denstone College. There are some eyewatering games on the fixture card for tomorrow, with the older age groups taking on Wellington College and the Under 13s Warwick School. Both Wellington and Warwick are rugby schools of the highest pedigree and it was pleasing to see the media billing the First XV game as:
‘one of the very best independent schools, year-on-year, hosting one of the very best state schools, year on year.’
Schools Rugby: Weekend Preview – Saturday 11th September – NextGenXV: Click Here
Finally, a reminder please to parents and carers that the crescent in front of the school should not be used for dropping off or picking up purposes at the beginning / end of the school day unless special dispensation has been agreed by the school, related to student mobility issues. It is important that this area is left as clear as possible to help ensure the safety of students / staff entering and leaving the school on foot.
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