As I look out of my study window, across the Front Field and 1st XI cricket square, the rain has just started to fall. This is the first rain for a good few weeks and must therefore signal the onset of the cricket season. Our first match against Pilgrims’ is due to begin at 2:30pm – let us hope for more clement weather this afternoon!
The term has begun with a real sense of purpose – it was great to see all the boarders return mid-afternoon on Wednesday. It meant that we could get their unpacking done and they were out playing cricket and swimming by 4 o’clock. The chef cooked up burgers and chips for their tea and then there was a mixture of football and films before bed – what a great way to start the term.
Looking through the calendar, I see little respite from constant activity. Apart from the usual Summer term business of Common Entrance, school exams, cricket and athletics fixtures, swimming sports, camping and pizza nights, barbecues, a school play, a concert and Speech Day, there are also countless educational visits, a battlefield tour, a parade through London to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, an election night, themed dinners, boarders’ outings, two familiarisation days for the September new boys and the leavers’ programme – to include a four day surfing expedition to Cornwall. We have even managed to squeeze in a couple of staff cricket fixtures against local opposition! We shall all need a rest come the 8th of July!
Amongst all this activity, the two little pigs (although not so little now) continue to flourish. They are being very well fed and cared for by the boys and, like the boys, are enjoying their surroundings immensely. They love company (the pigs and the boys!) so do come and see them when you are next here.
That is all.