It’s always good to begin the year with good news. Between the churn of mock examinations and rapidly disintegrating New Year’s resolutions, and under increasingly cold skies, January is probably the one month in which we could all do with some cheering up.
That is why we have been reminding ourselves of good news in assemblies and around site. You’ll note, in our website’s ‘News’ section, that Will Kay has just become the county champion in his age bracket for cross country running. Will single-handedly re-wrote many of our sports records last summer and we think that he will continue to do so. James Kelly, meanwhile, has not only been awarded his PPL (Private Pilot Licence), but he also starts night flying.
Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) team recently heard the good news that their disabled car project has made it through to the national finals of the ‘Big Bang’ engineering competition at the NEC, to be held in March. Not only will this be an opportunity to see how other schools are encouraging STEM, but they will be able to visit representatives from NASA, CERN, the top universities and major companies such as Jaguar Land Rover. Also in March, OSH has been invited to address a large number of independent boarding schools on the topic of how and why stories of optimism and encouragement are the best way to mobilise and motivate young people. On this occasion we will have much good news to share.
Back on site, the ‘Joseph’ rehearsals continue, our public speaking teams gear up for the Rotarian ‘Youth Speaks’ event and we will shortly enter our works of art to compete in Worcester Cathedral’s King John competition. Finally, once the thaw happens and the pitches dry, we look forward to a busy and enjoyable term of rugby and football.