Winter at Whitgift

Winter at Whitgift

An icy weekend prevented most sport from taking place, sadly, but with the first fortnight of term complete, IB and GCSE mocks are over and in some ways, at least for these exam candidates, the hard miles of the year unfold. But there is lots to look forward to in the coming week or so: the always-excellent Junior Shakespeare evening, the annual Japanese Taiko (drumming) workshop for young learners of the language, careers events and speakers. Incidentally, I hope parents, OWs and other interested parties will enjoy supporting the forthcoming Business (networking) breakfast, with the theme of entrepreneurship (Thursday February 1st).

What this time of the year does bring of course, are interviews and academic and other scholarship days – in fact the first academic scholarship day is this Thursday, and sports, music and other assessment events are already underway. Whilst the exam remains the basic way of assessing, both for entry to a selective school and for qualifications, we enjoy seeing prospective students for longer, and face to face, seeing how they react and deal with unexpected and hopefully stimulating and exciting material. It’s a common misconception, too, that we are simply looking for the most extrovert and confident learners – reflective can be just as good, if not better.

The academic scholarship day and enrichment talks coming up lead me to highlight, too, the fantastic latest edition of The Journal: the latest is issue 5, and the articles, from students at all levels in the School, range in subject matter from superconductivity to the age of empire, from the Fermi paradox (no, I hadn’t either) to magic tricks, from bacteriophages to Finland in WW2. Do have a look at it here. And I always also enjoy the Junior Library Chronicle, not on the website, more’s the pity, because the comic strip The Peacock Gang is worth it alone!

As for interviews, they are genuinely always a pleasure, and the excellent help of current students an added illustration of Whitgiftians at their best.