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Our aim throughout is to offer our pupils the very best all-round education. Such an education combines several key components: excellent pastoral care, first-class teaching and facilities, and a wide range of co-curricular activities and opportunities. All children enjoy and are good at something, and a school's job is to help them find and nurture it. Similarly, the professional expertise of the teaching staff means that there is continual encouragement of academic aspiration and a love of learning. Although all young people face an unpredictable world, there are certain timeless aspects of a genuine education. At our School there is a strong emphasis on character and values and we want our boys and girls to leave Warminster as well-rounded, well-mannered, self-confident, articulate and fundamentally decent people with a sense of duty and integrity. They should possess important life skills such as emotional intelligence, persistence, optimism and resilience. Please do come and visit us to experience it for yourself.
Sixth Former raises £7,000 for Walking With The Wounded
Warminster School Sixth Former, Charlotte Brumby, hosted an impressive Gala Dinner for over 100 guests in aid of the charity Walking With The Wounded.
2nd October 2016 — Charlotte, in her final year at Warminster School, was inspired to organise and host the event after meeting Edward Parker, Co-Founder & CEO of the charity last year during WWTW’s inspirational Walk Of Britain journey which finished at Buckingham Palace and saw six wounded British and American wounded service personnel walk over 1,000 miles through mainland UK.
Charlotte decided to organise the Gala Dinner Night as the assessed project for her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a qualification which Warminster A Level pupils are encouraged to take. The equivalent of half an A Level, the EPQ promotes independent learning and involves investigating a topic of choice in depth. It is usually a substantial piece of work and can be in the form of a dissertation, extensive investigation, performance or event which can play to the individual’s strengths and interests.
The Gala Dinner, held at Warminster School’s Thomas Arnold Hall, was supported and attended by the Warminster Community, local businesses, Warminster School, Old Verlucians (Warminster School old boys/girls), military personnel, friends and family. The evening began with a splendid Champagne Reception sponsored by David Wiltshire Photography, a silent auction, entertainment from the Warminster School Jazz Band and the wonderful Warminster Military Wives Choir. A four course dinner with wine followed, prepared by Warminster School’s Head Chef Alex Rall, a photo booth provided by Lewis Gadd from Mobile Photo Booth UK and Richard Raw drew the evening to a close with a fantastic DJ set.
The Guest of Honour, Edward Parker spoke about his charity and the necessity to continue to generate awareness for those in real need even after conflicts are over. He said it is not easy organsing fundraising events, persuading people to come along and then getting them to spend.
He personally thanked Charlotte for organising the evening saying, “I am deeply grateful to Charlotte and all those who helped her, particularly Warminster School, for her outstanding efforts raising money for Walking With The Wounded. The event has raised a significant amount of money which will allow the charity to support those veterans who are in the greatest need. Without the commitment and generosity of people like Charlotte, we couldn’t provide the much needed services to those who have struggled the most since leaving the Armed Forces.”
Old Verlucian, Andy Wing attended the evening and kindly donated the evenings ‘item of interest’ for the silent auction - a rare framed Falklands surrender Telex. Making the donation he said, “I am aware that a number of Lord Weymouth/Warminster School lads ended up 'Down South' in 1982. I used to look at the names on the stained glass window in the local Minster Church and reflect that I had been educated in the same rooms as the men who had made the ultimate sacrifice in both World Wars. This was not lost on me, hence I was delighted to help facilitate funds for Walking With The Wounded by donating an item for the silent auction.”
He also commented, “I must congratulate Charlotte on a truly magnificent event. It was both an honour and privilege to attend. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, the Army Wives Choir, School musicians, the DJ, and the catering were all top quality.”
Nicola Rogers, Charlotte’s tutor remarked, "Charlotte did an outstanding job of organising an absolutely brilliant event for such a worthy cause. It was an honour to meet Ed Parker and to hear of the critical work that his organisation supports. I can see why Charlotte had been so inspired by him and his charity, Walking With The Wounded. She has worked tirelessly with real drive, persistence and determination to make the evening the huge success that it was. Not only has she helped raise a very impressive amount of money, which I am sure will make a huge difference, but she has also raised awareness of the vitally important work that this charity does. As Charlotte's tutor I feel an immense sense of pride and I know the School is equally proud of her.”
Charlotte, who hopes to go on to study Creative Events Management said of her event “I have received so much support over the last few months from pupils, staff and parents and the local community. Many people gave their time and services freely which allowed us to raise as much money as possible. I am grateful to everyone and to all those that gave generously. I thank Edward Parker for giving up his time to attend, Mr Mortimer for allowing me to use the Thomas Arnold Hall, our chef Alex Rall, the wonderful Warminster Military Wives Choir, Caroline Robinson and the Warminster School Jazz band, Jon Edkins, from David Wiltshire Photography and not least I must thank my tutor, Mrs Rogers whose support has been invaluable.”
The evening raised a staggering £7,000 and this significant sum will be put to good use by the charity. It could put ten individuals through Head Start, their Mental Health Programme or it could fund three First Step bursaries, which provides grants to gain skills or education.
Edward Parker founded Walking With The Wounded with Simon Daglish in 2010 after his nephew was severely injured, losing both of his legs. Edward spent 10 years in the army, serving in the First Battalion Royal Green Jackets, stationed in the UK and Germany and seeing operational service in Northern Ireland. WWTW’s mission is to fund the re-training and re-education of servicemen and women, both veterans and those leaving The Armed Forces today. WWTW finance new qualifications, education and training programmes for those who are injured, to help with their career transition. This enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and return to the workplace.
Adventurous Headmasters stand in to save playground appeal.
18th April 2016 — Polar explorer Henry Worsley who died following a record-breaking Antarctic crossing attempt, was due to give a charity lecture in the Wiltshire village of Horningsham earlier this month to help raise funds for a a new playground. Local resident Mark Mortimer was looking forward to attending the talk with friend and fellow head Julian Thomas. The pair, on hearing the sad news of his death and that Henry Worsley's talk was raising money to support the village of Horningsham, offered to take Henry's place.
Appeal organiser Ros Algar, with the help of new speakers, continued to bring together a sell-out lecture and fantastic auction said, “We are so grateful to Mark and Julian. We thank them for gallantly standing in and giving their thrilling lecture. A huge heartfelt thank you to all who have donated to and supported this important event.We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of friends, family and the local community. It was a wonderful evening for the village, paying tribute to Henry and I am delighted that we have raised almost £10,000 for the Henry Worsley Playground Appeal.”
The audience were treated to an entertaining double-act as Mark and Julian recounted interesting, amusing and sometimes quite terrifying stories from their adventures. Mark rowed across the Atlantic in 1997 in 75 days with a fellow army officer in the inaugural trans-Atlantic rowing race and entered the very first solo race in 2004, in which he capsized after 35 days at sea.
It was an eventful crossing; the water-maker broke down on Day 2 and never worked again, they ran out of food and had to stop a container ship for resupply and for a week a tropical storm pushed them backwards. In addition, unlike today's ocean rowers, they had no means of communication with the outside world.
Convinced that the demands of the crossing had been more mental than physical and intrigued by the prospect of rowing alone, Mark entered the very first solo race in 2004. After 35 days at sea, he capsized at night in mountainous seas.
Julian, interviewed Mark for a job in 2006 and heard then about his rowing exploits. The discussion rekindled his childhood dream to follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott. Last year, 38 years after first planning the expedition as a 9 year old, he achieved his goal, trekking from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. Julian spoke about the physical and mental challenges of spending time in the beautiful but brutal continent.
Following the fascinating lecture, there was much applause from the audience and Mark and Julian were each presented with a copy of Henry Worsley's book 'In Shackleton's Footsteps' to thank them for bridging the huge gap. Guests enjoyed a wonderful three course supper prepared by Alex Rall, Head of Catering at Warminster School and wines donated by local suppliers, served by the organiser's children and friends. The evening ended with a fantastic and fast-paced auction. Two of Ros's children, Georgia and Fraser presented Ros with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and thanked her on behalf of the village for all her incredible efforts for organising and hosting such a wonderful evening.
Mark said, "Like so many others, we were very much looking forward to hearing Henry Worsley talk about his awe-inspiring attempt to walk alone across Antarctica. Sadly it was not to be, but we were honoured to be asked to take his place, albeit with far less impressive tales to tell. However, in a small way, it is our opportunity to pay tribute to a brave and remarkable man. All those who knew Henry speak of his zest for life and his unquenchable desire to achieve the unachievable. His courage and determination made him a role-model for those who aspire to go beyond life's normal limits; in Lawrence of Arabia's famous words, he was one of those men who 'act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible'. He gave others the courage to believe that they too can achieve great things. He may no longer be with us but his legacy of inspiration will remain for many years."
The entire evening was a tremendous tribute to former village resident, Henry and the packed village hall payed their respects as they raised their glasses to Henry with a whisky toast, his favourite tipple. Henry will long be remembered by the village and friends of Horningsham.
Mr Mortimer joined Year 6 at Shooting Club this week.
12th February 2016 — Did you know that Warminster School have their own indoor shooting range? The Headmaster, Mr Mortimer went along to the Year 6 Shooting Club to find out more.
Mr Holt, Head of Outdoor Pursuits at Warminster organises an indoor air pistol shooting club every Wednesday afternoon which is open to Year 6. Following a 'shoot-off' at the end of last term, eight lucky and enthusiastic pupils were selected and attend the weekly club.
Competitive Mr Holt is eager to put together a shooting squad to enter modern pentathlons and compete against other schools. Mr Holt stated, "We are lucky to have this facility and to be able to offer an air pistol club at Warminster. Shooting is a competitive sport involving tests of proficiency, accuracy and speed using various types of guns. Our club teaches safety, concentration, discipline and a new skill in a very safe environment. We will also offer a similar club to older children after half term."
Unfortunately, Mr Mortimer doesn't believe his shooting skills have improved since his army days!
Stratton House girls take on the Longleat 10k challenge
Five brave members of Stratton House signed up to run the 10k, Longleat Race.
12th February 2016 — Five brave members of Stratton House, Warminster School, signed up to run the 10k, Longleat Race. For the majority, this was the first ever running event that they had been involved in. Pupils involved were Vittoria Ferrario, Rosa Velten and Lilli Wieberniet along with House Tutors, Miss Mitterrutzner and Miss Townsend.
The runners awoke in the early hours of the morning and were ready to face a very hilly race course and a cold blustery 9.00am start. Nerves and adrenaline were high and it certainly did not help when there were several rumours that this race course was not for the faint hearted!
Rosa completed her 2 mile “fun” run in an impressive time of 25.27 minutes. Miss Townsend came in at 48 minutes followed closely by Lilli who just managed to beat the 1 hour mark. Miss Mitterrutzner was third coming in at 1hr 5 minutes and finally Vittoria crossed the finish line with a time of 1hr 15. Miss Townsend commented "It was fair to say that all of us found the course very challenging. I am very proud of the girls for setting themselves this challenge, remaining motivated to train for a long period of time and for finishing the race in one piece! Hopefully this will not be the last race we complete and I hope that next time there will be more member who join Team Stratton. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and donated to our charity, Parkinsons Disease UK."