Good Morning! Please excuse the previous ‘upload’ as I believe it is called – I was just practising for the new blog and had no idea that it would be going live, otherwise I would have chosen a far more flattering photograph….

Last week was a good week – I went to a conference on the future of Common Entrance, attended by all the top prep and public schools and am delighted to report that all those there were fully supportive of the continuation of CE. Long may it continue.

We had a pretty torrid time against Ludgrove on Wednesday afternoon, although the 1st XI put up a good show and the Colts B had, in the words of their coach, a ‘sensational’ 5 -5 draw!

On Thursday afternoon, I took the boys clay pigeon shooting at Bisley – it really is an amazing place and we are very fortunate to have it on our doorstep – such a shame that the 2012 Olympic shooting is at Woolwich and not there.

The National Clay Pigeon School, Bisley

This was followed by a rehearsal of the Junior Play, which seems to be coming on well. I do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to make it on either Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th November – it could be unmissable!

On Friday evening, Geordie Stewart, a Ludgrove Old Boy came to give the boys a talk on scaling the 7 summits – the tallest mountain in each continent, culminating in a succesful ascent of Everest in May of this year. Pretty impressive and inspirational stuff from a 22 year old who only took up climbing when he was 17!

There were some great fixtures against Sunningdale on Saturday – the firsts winning their final match of the season 7-0, playing some really skillful football. There were wins also for all three Colts teams and a draw for the mighty thirds, but losses for the twos and under nines. These losses were more than made up for on Sunday when we took on the old enemy again, this time at Chess and Pingers. The visitors were vanquished at both – the first time that we have beaten the ‘dale at Chess for 20 odd years!

On Saturday evening the boarders took part in Woodcote’s got Talent, judged by Mrs. Lyddon, Mrs. Knight, Mrs. Woodall, Miss Chloe and Miss Katie. There were some truly extraordinary acts displaying a wide range of ‘talent’  – including comedy, singing, rapping, drumming, hula-hooping, and Rubik’s cube solving (completed in 2 minutes and 6 seconds!) The winner gave a fabulous rendition of Coldplay’s Fix You and fully deserved his prize as did the pianist and hula-hooper who finished second and third respectively – my congratulations to all who entered. I am looking forward to next term’s “Woodcote’s Got the W Factor” already!

The Winner!

Sunday Morning chapel was our Remembrance Service and once again Mr. Mark spoke to the school and parents about the importance of Remembrance but also the importance of looking to the future. We then all watched the service from the Cenotaph, following the 2 minutes silence at 11am, before normal Sunday activities resumed.

It was perhaps a little ambitious of me to suggest that this blog would be a daily occurence! However, I will endeavour to keep you posted at least once a week.

That is all.