I spent today at BETT 2013, which is the largest education technology show in the UK. Hundreds of exhibitors, demonstration, lectures and discussions, all very inspiring. I am starting to develop a vision of Purcell as a school with e-learning at its heart, as I think it would enable our students to take more responsibility for their learning. Our new broadband (rolled out this term) is the first step on this journey. After a day in Docklands, I'm looking forward to this evening's Concert of New Music.
Today we welcomed some pupils from a local primary school for some joint music-making. Our Year 11 Impulse groups had them improvising on their favourite tunes in no time, whether on piano, violin, percussion or voice. Another lovely example of our students sharing their talents and skills with others.
To mark the birthday of Robert Burns, head girl Lucie Treacher persuaded her Dad to come all the way down from Scotland to pipe in the haggis at lunch yesterday. Video below courtesy of Mr Longstaff.
Pressures of time have prevented any posts recently, so I shall make up for it today with an extra-long one.
The snow fell in abundance last week, and students made the most of it with snowmen, snowball fights, and ice slides. However, I think we're all bored of it now and hoping the thaw will come soon. The photo shows how lovely the school can look when covered in the white stuff.
Today, as a bit of light relief from exams, students were initiated into the fun of Swing Dancing - i.e. dancing to music from the Swing Era. This included the famous Lindy Hop, which proved a challenge for some. Back to Mocks tomorrow, though.
My first day back today, and a late tea gave me the opportunity to gate-crash a rehearsal of the Sixth Form Vocal Group, expertly directed by Glen Dempsey, in the salubrious surroundings of the dining hall. We sang Farrant's 'Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake' very beautifully - a very pleasant way to start the term.
Headmaster's Photo Diary
David Thomas became Headmaster of The Purcell School in September 2012. This is his first ever blog, and is about the daily life of the school. For more 'official' news stories, please see this page.