Socials, matches and Old Miltonians

October 15, 2011

I am writing in disbelief at witnessing Warburton being given a red card in the Wales vs. France match - what a ridiculous decision! We are split here in the common room at Milton Abbey; the mighty French being represented by M. Christopher Douchet, our Head of Languages, and the plucky Welsh personified by the presence of a determined Marcus Williams. Either way, it is developing into an interesting test.

And on the subject of interesting tests, we've got a busy afternoon of sport, with our first 1st XV home match on a Saturday, against St. John's. The 1st XV will be joined by the U16 at home, whilst the U15A and U14A will be playing away.

We've had a good response to our Sixth Form Open Day - we took the decision to hold it prior to Half Term rather than afterwards, and interest for next year is extremely positive.

After sport finishes today, the 6th form have a social with Westonbirt at Milton Abbey, whilst the 4th and 5th form are at St. Mary's Shaftesbury and the 3rd form are at Bruton.

Sunday sees an equally busy day. There is fishing, air-softing, a 'Go Ape' adventure high ropes trip, a tea party for all 4th form at our house, gym, swimming, squash and golf activities. We've also got an away golf match and a number of pupils in county hockey trials.

The build is impressively under way, with the area being cleared in preparation for AMIRI's arrival on Monday morning. We will be putting photographs on the news pages later this morning.

I have had a very busy week, with lots of things to report on. I went to Oxford on Wednesday in my role as a Trustee of the Bloxham Project - an extraordinary organisation that supports Chaplaincy in both independent and maintained schools.

After a Parish Council meeting on Wednesday night here at Milton Abbas, I was again in Oxford on Thursday for a Heamaster's conference at Summer Fields School, where Nick Gibb, the School's Minister, spoke brilliantly about his support for independent education, and how it should be an aspirational benchmark for the state system. I very much enjoyed meeting up with a number of Headmasters from Prep Schools, including Abberley Hall, Ashdown House, Aysgarth, Cheltenham College Junior School, Cranleigh Prep, The Dragon, Elstree, Forres Sandle Manor, Lambrook, Ludgrove, Mount House, Perrott Hill, S Anselm's, Sandroyd, Sherborne Prep, Sunningdale, Twyford, Wellesley and Winchester House.

After a pleasant drive down the M40 to central London, I spoke at the Old Miltonian's Annual Dinner in London, where there was a wonderful reunion of boys who hadn't seen each other since 1981! Needless to say, the atmosphere, and bonhommie, was infectious.

Penny Doubleday, our new Head of Round Square, gave a superb presentation to staff yesterday on the project, and more will be shared with parents about this at half term.

More photographs of our build will be placed on the website over the coming months. We are building up a pictoral history of the project which will be a good addition to the school archives for years to come.