Above: Afternoon picnic, whilst watching the cricket
Above: Annual Garden Party
ANOTHER full-on week culminating in (and partly because of) the “Commem” celebrations of Saturday 25th May, and the first day of half-term.
'Commem’ is Dean Close’s equivalent of speech day and prize giving for the senior school pupils, and it stands for Commemoration of Benefactors. The whole thing starts on the Friday afternoon with an Annual Garden Party for all the staff (which I co-ordinate, having sent out over 700 invitations) followed by a concert in the Bacon [school] Theatre. Saturday is a logistical feat including a transporting 500+ pupils and staff to a service at Tewkesbury Abbey then, upon returning to the school, presentations in the Houses, or to the School Trustees and Council, speeches and prize-giving in (one of) the marquees, posh picnics (provided), cricket on Big Field, bouncy-castles for the kids, stalls, ice-cream, events and showcase exhibitions.
Food for Thought: "I never let my schooling interfere with my education." So said Mark Twain, whose own formal education ended when he was forced to quit at the age of twelve due to the early death of his father.