February Message from the Head Master
The Spanish exchange is safely back from Oviedo, our cricketers have enjoyed a successful South African tour and the skiers have zipped back to Sussex shores too; a refreshing shift of perspective for all of them as we turn our attention to a brisk second half of the Lent Term. Much is to be done, discovered and enjoyed in the four and a half weeks to come.
A harmonious spring in the step remains from the last half of term, for the school is still echoing from the sounds of the annual music competition. It concluded with the traditional finalists’ concert - the culmination of 300 different entries across the Houses. Rock guitar, torch songs, fiendishly difficult Messiaen, organ fanfares, a horn piece that would not have disgraced a leading concert hall – all of these and much, much more marked another course in Lancing’s ever-rich and ever-varied musical diet. Congratulations to Sankey’s for winning the Peter Lewis House Music Cup and indeed to all who took part, from old hands to those just starting to sing or play. The standard was phenomenally high and the pleasure was evident for listeners and performers alike.
One striking special event at the conclusion of the first half of term was the chance to welcome Philip Womack to open our new library at Lancing Prep at Worthing. A recent OL, he spoke about his life and career as a writer and how one of Lancing’s strengths is to offer pupils a wealth of experiences that enable them to explore all sorts of activities and interests and so to – as he put it – “find their place and to do so happily”. All of us at Lancing are absolutely determined to help your sons and daughters find a niche of their own and to enjoy the exploration of getting there too.
Martin Bell OBE had us rapt at the first of this term’s Head Master’s lectures (the pupils did not allow the adults present to put a single question to him!). You will be very welcome to join us on Thursday 9 March when Rebecca Hilsenrath, CEO of the Human Rights and Equalities Commission, will be giving a lecture entitled This Girl Can (7.30pm, Great School). Do join us for glass of wine beforehand from 7.00pm. It promises to be a provocative and fascinating evening.