Headmaster's Blog


Friday, 18th May 2018


Dear Parents,

The most important asset that any school has is its staff. I am sure that everyone is aware that some changes are afoot and so I thought it right to confirm the changes which will occur next year. I will, of course, write properly about the contributions of the leaving teachers at a later stage.

I am sure that most of you will now have met Mrs Kate Lagden who was the School Secretary at MCS Junior. She has been with us since the beginning of term as School Secretary and my Secretary. She is already proving to be everything that one would have hoped for. I hope that all of you will meet her in the next few weeks if you haven’t already done so.

Dr Robin Harskin has decided to leave after serving the School in so many ways. His French teaching will be taken by Mrs Sophie Loyer, a native French speaker, who has been running French at King Alfred’s School, Wantage. His role as Academic Deputy will be taken by Mrs Fiona Fisher, who is currently in charge of IT.

Miss Chesca Forristal, having taught for a year, has decided to pursue a career on the stage. Mr John Waltho, who has been teaching maths this year but who has taught many other subjects in his time in prep schools, applied for the English job and impressed us very much. As a consequence, he will, from September, be working in the English Department. Meanwhile his job will be taken by Miss Sally Milton, who is currently teaching maths at St Paul’s Junior School in London. I have no doubt that these appointments will be highly successful and I look forward very much to working with all of these people.

We now have a complete set of awards at senior schools. Again our pupils have been very successful at senior schools and I am delighted by the following:

William B        Academic Exhibition        MCS
Rhys  All-rounder Exhibition St Edward’s
Jamie  Drama Scholarship Kingham Hill
William W  Maths Scholarship OLA
William B Music Exhibition  MCS
Daniel  Music Scholarship Oakham
Rhys Music Exhibition The Oratory
Freddie  Music Scholarship Downside
Laurence Music Scholarship Abingdon
Jamie Music Scholarship Kingham Hill







On Sunday please do take the time to come on the tour of Worcester College; I believe that the weather is set fair and I cannot imagine a more beautiful place to be than Oxford’s loveliest gardens. If you don’t know Worcester, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Equally if you do, I am sure you will find Dr Salisbury’s tour fascinating, and it is always a real treat to visit places not normally open to the public. Please get tickets from the Front Office. It will be a real stress-buster after the drama and glitz of the Royal Wedding. Talking of which, next week on Thursday afternoon, we are hosting a Royal Wedding After-Party on our playing fields. Nursery and Pre-Prep children are invited to dress up as a prince or princess and wear their homemade crown. There will be competitions and entertainments of an appropriately festive nature, a scrumptious tea and a prize draw with prizes including an annual family pass to Blenheim Palace, a night’s B and B at Christ Church, a family ticket to Giffords Circus, a £100 voucher for Tuscan Potts, and two signed copies of books by Christ Church Archivist Judith Curthoys. All in all it will be a wonderfully colourful celebration. The event is open to people outside the school so do please bring along friends and family. Again, tickets are available at the Front Office.

I think I have found spring this year almost overwhelmingly beautiful; watching Cricket this week in front of Merton Tower, with the woodland school behind me skirted with delicate cow parsley, one really could believe one had arrived in paradise.

Mr Murray

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