Outside hoops are proving popular

Outside hoops are proving popular

A sunny but chilly first day of summer sport is often the way Trinity Term starts, and so it was this weekend, with a full card of cricket games and some super sport. Mr Ward promised me an exciting end to the U12A side’s game against Haywards Heath CC, and so it proved, with a very exciting win in the last over. I should in fact have typed U12A sides’, since we fielded two parallel A sides, so many good players there are in that year group, and that too is fantastic. Many thanks to all coaches - and parents, who support in such numbers.

Good too to see basketball continue its unstoppable growth. Outside hoops are proving popular as the picture here shows, and if like me you don’t know much about the game, you are missing a treat - it’s highly skilled and very exciting!

A match of a very different kind ended Friday, when members of the Fifth form gathered first to pay respects to one of their peers who passed away last year, and then to play a tribute game in his memory. Some readers will know who I mean, and I thank all those in our community who have done and do the little we can to help in such tragic circumstances.

With IB boys departing on to study leave and the final run in to other public exams, this is academically the ‘business time’ for many: good luck. For these year groups of course we focus on outcomes, but they should be and are the result of meaningful learning processes - that is, years of engaging learning and teaching. In our staff training this term, we were encouraged by our excellent external trainer to think about how we enable our students to experience vulnerability and even failure. This stumped some of us … but surely all great learning and teaching has many moments where students try but fail, experiment without knowing the answer, work together not individually, and at some of the best moments, go somewhere where no-one had expected, not even the teacher. And it’s for those moments that we do what we do. Yes, we focus on exams now for 5th and U6th, but we certainly don’t for most of the time!