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    Published 17/09/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is... to remember

    This weekend, we remember Henry James, a much loved, much respected former Pilgrim who sadly died a year ago on Sunday 19 September of leukaemia at the age of thirteen. Henry had a big heart and a big smile. He was kind, gentle and creative. He was quirky and so very happy. Henry was genuine. Without fail, he would be part of any Lego club in the school he would happily build serious constructions with his brother Edward. I know you all join me in sending our love, thought and prayers to Edward, Agata and Robin and their wider family. God bless you, Henry. You are so missed.

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    Published 13/09/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is... to be together, Episode 1

    Welcome back to School to all the Pilgrims’ boys, staff and parents! A particular welcome to those who have just joined our community. I hope you have all had a lovely summer however far (or close) you travelled, with some rest and family time too.

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    Published 02/07/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to celebrate, Episode 32

    This week Pilgrims have celebrated! A lot…

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    Published 25/06/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to be busy, Episode 31

    There is always a huge variety of activities going on in school, but this week boys of all age groups have enjoyed a wealth of different types of activities and challenges. Pilgrims have been busy in so many ways.

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    Published 18/06/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim is to endeavour, Episode 30

    I am writing this on the coach on the way back from Tavistock in Devon where I joined the Year 8 Leavers’ trip to Simply Outdoors at Mount Kelly Activities Centre yesterday. What a wonderful trip! The boys are tired but happy despite the detour due to a road closure and slow progress – we are currently near Yeovil. Some are sleeping, some are listening to music, a few are chatting and some are on their devices. It’s a good tired.

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    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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