What matters more, taking part or winning? The answer is neither, they are both important to learning.
Our entry to this year’s Rock Challenge (Burning Bright; Tiger Conservation) was a tour de force, not least because it was entirely led and choreographed by our students. As a result (amongst other awards) USH won the Student Leadership Award and the much-coveted Spirit of Rock Challenge, voted for by the other schools. We were disappointed not be placed for the next round but the conversations which followed showed me how reflective and mature our students can be. Their level of collective leadership inspired me to decide that we are ready to commit resources to Rock Challenge every year as well as aiming to stage a full size musical. A visitor to USH this week remarked on how strong the arts are here. They are. My annual contribution to the extra-curricular arts offer is a highlight of my year and something I value greatly. I relish the opportunity to work alongside the students, creating new works and supporting their physical, emotional and spiritual development.
Finally, I want to commend our Year 9 Peer Mentors (brilliantly led by Kay Bolton) who delivered a moving and thought-provoking assembly to their year group on February 28th. They spoke with insight and wisdom on woman’s contribution to politics, science and the arts, and marking 100 years of votes for woman. At the end of the war, in 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave women over 30 the vote, and in 1928 this was extended to all women over the age of 21. Coincidentally, this year is the 10th anniversary of girls joining USH and we will be featuring articles in future newsletters to mark this important year.
As ever, thanks to staff and parents for helping USH realise so many opportunities for our students.