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Headmaster's Blog: Listening, Presenting and DisciplineTheatre is always as much about teamwork as any other activity: mutual support, discipline, listening are all crucial

Date published: Mon 12 Mar 2018  

‘I’ve been reading your blog’ is always a bit of a disconcerting remark from a parent, though thank you, of course, if you have. Disconcerting only because one tends to repeat oneself, though sometimes, as different aspects of school life show the same themes, maybe that is inevitable.

So no apologies that I’ve mentioned the musical before, if only its rehearsals. This week we saw the whole product, and terrific it was, too. Guys and Dolls is of course a classic, the danger in all well-known pieces being in part that we have a preconceived idea of what it should look and sound like. Marius Hatteland-Dunn, Joe Barber, the Gobiraj brothers (a superb double-act) and Old Palace’s Ellie Wilmer and Emily Speed were all absolutely excellent, but even naming them should not take away from the ensemble performance, the choreography, music and design. Theatre is always as much about teamwork as any other activity (and more so in a way even than sport): mutual support, discipline, listening are all crucial, and this production was notable above all for its pure sense of professionalism.

Those qualities of listening, presenting and discipline are part of debating too, and how fantastic to hear of the success of our two teams in the finals of the Schools Debating Competition this last weekend: Alex Carpenter and Issac Fung came 6th nationally, and Freddie Rawlins and Alex Summers were also well up in the field.

In a week when a football side (U13) and a rugby side (U15) are contesting national finals, and the table tennis U19s won their national title, it’s worth remembering that the creative arts are also not done anywhere better than here, and with WAVPA developing talent in the community every Saturday, the possibilities open to us to playing a major part in the local and regional cultural scene are limitless!

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