The end of the academic year comes round quickly and I find myself starting to reflect on the year.

Certainly much has been achieved and, reading through the reports teachers have written and the boys accomplishments, it is impressive that they achieve in so many theatres of activity. I have been very happy with the energy that new teachers have given us this year. They are such great examples of good men and women for the pupils to follow and trust.

At the weekend I enjoyed captaining the staff team against the Old Boys in our Annual Cricket Match for the Ray Cook Cup. After losing for the last three years in close matches, we were determined to give a good account of ourselves. The match is 30 overs per innings and the staff team was boosted by Sixth Formers George and James Harris and Luke Saunders.

I am pleased to say that all the staff players bowled well with Mr Deb and Mr Fraser bottling the Old Boys up. But this match should be called ‘Radloff’s Redemption’- in last year’s match Mr Radloff, after bowling four good tight overs, developed the yips and produced a 36 finisher with many wides and no balls. This year however, he bowled beautifully and took three wickets and also scored the winning runs. The Old Boys were kept to a modest 120 from 30 overs.

The staff caught all their catches and the fielding was outstanding. I opened the batting and with James Harris saw off the opening bowlers before retiring hurt with a side strain before George Harris and Mr Fletcher (still staff as our cadet commander) put on 80 runs together. There was a slight wobble at the end as Mr Hitchcock and the mercurial Mr Protheroe lost their wickets in pursuit of a dramatic finish. This left the final foray to that man Radloff, cometh the hour cometh the man, and our South African import did not let his proud heritage down, smashing several boundaries to finish! He has waited patiently for this redemption and could sleep soundly that night.

It was a brilliant afternoon and I was proud to accept the cup. Many thanks to John Cook and his team and Mrs Kim Brown for the BBQ and good company.

I would like to remind you about the summer competitions for Years 7,8 and 9 - which should be handed to form teachers in September when we return.

And finally I would like to finish with a challenge to you as parents – do something with your son that’s out of your normal comfort zone this summer; something that wakes you up and makes you feel alive, for example Wild Camping. Then let me know what you did, or write a report, and I will put it on the school Facebook page or in the Newsletter in September.

The world is your oyster and life is for living! – Carpe Diem (Seize the Day).

 Have a lovely summer and thank you for your support.