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Headmaster's Blog: Another extraordinary week at Whitgift The range - musical and drama on stage in consecutive weeks, football and rugby - allows many talents to shine


Date published: Wed 21 Mar 2018  


Another March week, another snowfall. Extraordinary, for the time of year. Another week and another superb production, too, with A Few Good Men entertaining excellent audiences in the PAC. This too would be extraordinary in many schools: for us, how lucky that we can assemble a separate cast, put on a different style of theatre (tense military melodrama, this) and do so to such good effect. Miranda Merrett’s cast was every bit as disciplined as last week’s Guys and Dolls cast, the staging intense and effective, and the production values spot on. It’s never easy pulling off moments which have become famous (‘...you can’t handle the truth...’) and the boys absolutely did.

Another week, another couple of national titles too. Actually two in two days, as our U15 rugby side won at Twickenham and our U13 footballers in the ISFA final at Burton Albion. These too were both disciplined performances, the footballers falling behind before coming back increasingly strongly to triumph 8-2, and the rugby team seeing out a very tight game against a strong MGS side.

The range - musical and drama on stage in consecutive weeks, football and rugby - allows many talents to shine, and don’t let’s forget that whilst the finals were on we were producing a BBC news report, and whilst the plays have been in rehearsal so have musicians for our Cadogan Hall concert in a week’s time.

Busy-ness is not of course in itself a virtue, but ambition, aspiration and hard work are, and doing what we do to the fullest extent is in our blood. Another fortnight, more tilts at national glory, some big events, then it will be time to zoom in on the big business of the year, the summer exams. Thank you to all those who have made this last week memorable.

  • A Few Good Men
  • U15 Schools Cup Final
  • U13 ISFA Football Final

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