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  • From the Head

    Published 11/06/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to be prepared, Episode 29

    As a preparatory school, it is key to our role to prepare Pilgrims for their transition to their senior schools. This morning, the Year 8 boys who sat Common Entrance completed their papers (after three and a bit days!). It has been wonderful to see how the boys in 8C took the exams in their stride, showing effort, determination and support for each other in spades. As they finished their exams in the Pilgrims’ Hall, the boys spontaneously cheered and then gave each other congratulatory hugs and pats on the back. It was an incredibly touching and heart-warming moment and also marked a rite of passage. We celebrated with smiles and delicious cupcakes as you can see below. 

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    Published 29/05/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to be delighted, Episode 28

    Birds, birds, birds.  

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    Published 21/05/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to walk, Episode 27

    And so Pilgrims did last Saturday! About 150 boys, staff and families walked up and down hills and in and out of rain, in Hampshire, in London and Greater London, and the Colemans in rather hotter and more humid conditions in Hong Kong. Well done, and thank you to all the Pilgrims and their families who walked miles and raised more than £4500 for the charity, WaterAid. Thank you, parents, so much for your generosity and efforts. With many thanks to Mr Hammond and all the teachers who supported the boys. What a triumph!

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    Published 14/05/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to serve, Episode 26 

    I have talked of the importance of service before. Serving others comes in many shapes and sizes. This week I was struck by two examples: one is close to home and the other further afield.

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    Published 07/05/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to be inspired, Episode 25

    I am continually inspired by Pilgrims: their conversation, sports prowess, musical ability, intellectual curiosity, energy, engagement, friendships, their care for others and kindness. Each boy is different and unique, of course, but they share so many of these talents and values. So far this term I have been inspired in particular by four groups of boys.  

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    Published 30/04/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to build community, Episode 24

    Our community, made up of Pilgrims and their families, staff, the Cathedral and the College, and the wider community in Winchester is very important to the boys and the School. It is also important that both individual boys and the whole School contribute to the local community, nationally, and to the wider world. We do that through charity, of course, but also in other ways such as through links with other schools, through sports and other interschool or national competitions, and in events like the Mountbatten Festival I mentioned last week. We are always looking to make more community connections.

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    Published 23/04/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to learn together, Episode 23

    It has been wonderful to welcome Pilgrims and staff back to The Pilgrims’ School after the Easter holidays. We especially welcomed seven new Pilgrims from Year 2 to 7 and also Mrs Hunter who is teaching 3G, and Mr Schultz and Miss Owen who are joining Mr Nelson and Miss Jones this term as GAPs. It has been lovely to see a good number of boys return who were not able to do so when we re-opened on 8 March since they were overseas during lockdown.  

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    Published 26/03/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to be together, Episode 22

    This morning we held our End of Lent Term Celebration Assembly and Service by Zoom.  

    We reflected on the term, celebrated the boys’ efforts, awarded prizes and said thank you and goodbye to Alice Goodthwaite and the School Accountant, Alison Higgins. This was: 

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    Published 19/03/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to make the world a better place, Episode 21

    A couple of weeks ago, Mrs Short and I were having an admissions call with the mother of a four year old who registered her son for the School when he was about one. We were talking about the ethos of the School and I described how I hear Pilgrims regularly describe themselves as looking to “treat others as they would like to be treated themself”. The mother told me a lovely story. At that time, long before COVID-19, she, her husband and son came to tour the School. It was a school day. She said she and her husband were impressed about lots of things about the School but her lasting memory is how as they walked around Pilgrims’ with their little boy in his push chair (on the grass by the river bank, round the Quad, on the gravel by the Puddle perhaps) eight different Pilgrims offered to help them with the push chair! How wonderful. That makes me so proud. Pilgrims definitely make the world a better place. Pilgrims make a difference. Pilgrims make me smile. Oh that reminds me of something…! I digress.

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    Published 12/03/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to Challenge inequality, Episode 20

    Re-opening the physical Pilgrims’ School on 8 March

    It was wonderful to welcome the boys and staff back into on Monday! With enormous thanks to staff, parents and of course the boys who have made this happen. Thank you so much to the PPA for bringing two huge buckets of daffodils for the staff. So kind and thoughtful of you to think of staff at this time. There has been palpable excitement all week, purposeful learning in classrooms across the school, the wonderful sounds of boys’ chatter and giggles everywhere, and so many games of cricket on the quad and yard both in daylight and at dusk, as well as breaktimes. Music practice is again to be heard from the windows of the Priory and ensembles are back together making music. Year 7 and Year 8 boys have had two lateral flow tests, all taken in their stride, and they seemed to get down to their exams well this week. We welcomed back on the ‘screens’ those boys who are still further away and who were not able to get back this term due to travel restrictions or because it would be too onerous to quarantine for three weeks in school.

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    Published 05/03/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to look forward, Episode 19

    Pilgrims are, like children all over the country, looking forward to being back in School, to seeing their friends and teachers, and to resuming education in person on Monday – something until the past year we have all taken for granted. We, teachers and staff, are really looking forward to seeing and hearing boys in the School again. The School without boys is a strange place; not exactly the Marie Celeste, but it certainly does feel deafeningly quiet in large parts.

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    Published 26/02/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to Grow (Part ii), Episode 18

    It was wonderful to hear Prime Minister Boris Johnson announce on Monday that Pilgrims’ can reopen our gates and our classrooms for boys and teachers and return to physical lessons on 8 March! Despite the very real challenges of the lockdown and the pandemic that we feel every day, I sense that change and growth is definitely in the air. For example, not only is School reopening, but it really is starting to feel like Spring, the days are suddenly noticeably longer after half term, there are crocuses and hyacinths sprouting around the trees the Close, and we are in the season of Lent, a time of preparation.

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