Final First Word of 2019...
...from Peter Kent, Headteacher
As always, term draws towards a close with a fanfare of activity. It was wonderful to see last week’s concert so well attended, and a number of parents spoke to me during the evening to say how much they appreciated the very high standard of musicianship that was on display during the evening. I was struck by the way in which the event combined complex musical pieces demanding virtuoso skills with opportunities for musicians to take their first steps in performance. Once again, we have been reminded of the way in which music is thriving at all levels within the school. Our Awards Afternoon and Carol Services during the last week of term have provided further evidence of the remarkably high standards of performance fostered by the Lawrence Sheriff music department.
Mr Watson and all those involved in performances deserve our warm congratulations. Thanks also to Mrs Batchelor and the team who worked with her to ensure that Wednesday’s Awards Afternoon went so well. The event provides an extremely positive showcase for the many achievements of the school and continues to feel just right - not overly drawn out or formal, but also providing an opportunity to celebrate some of the remarkable achievements by students at the school.
As always, one of the sad parts of reaching the end of term is that we have to say our farewells. I would like to thank Dr Mather for the wonderful contribution he has made to the school during his time with us. He has been a first class Head of Chemistry and under his oversight, generations of LSS students left with impressive results at both GCSE and A-level. He has also been a deeply impressive Head of Year. The outstanding GCSE results gained in the summer of 2019 were a testament to his ability to provide direction and cohesion to a year group. Most important of all, Dr Mather is a committed teacher who always puts the interests of his students first. My youngest son is now in his early twenties and has long since ceased his study of Chemistry, but he still often tells me what a good teacher Dr Mather is. We are very sorry that Dr Mather is leaving and wish him every success in his new role.
And so I come to the end of another decade of writing this column. The words I used to finish one of my early pieces, exactly 20 years ago, seem a good way to conclude 2019:
At the end of a very long term, I would like to wish a happy Christmas and a restful new year to every member of the school community.
TWW Volume 23 Number 15; Friday 20th December 2019