Taunton School Main Building at Dusk

The Enigma Machine at TPS

Posted: 22nd March 2019

This has been another exciting and rewarding week for TPS. I was delighted that our Year 8 Science, DT and Digital Leaders were able to attend the Enigma workshop run by Dr James Grime last Wednesday morning. It is not very often that we are lucky enough to be in the same room as a really famous object, which has made such a significant contribution to world history. Dr Grime’s work with our pupils was very inspiring, focusing on code breaking and its fascinating historical contexts. All pupils, parents and staff were given the opportunity to attend the session after school on the same day, and it was lovely to see so many TPS pupils and families in the audience.

Thank you to all of the pupils who have been meeting as a School Council during the course of this year, and thank you to Mrs Coleman and Mrs Hill for supporting the boys and girls in this important forum. In their meeting earlier this week, I was pleased to see the members of the Council taking a lead in refurbishment plans for the toilets in the SAT block, with some very interesting colour schemes being suggested. The Council will also be forming a Dining Room Committee as plans for our exciting new whole school project unfold.

I have much enjoyed the end-of-term performances of the after school drama clubs, and thank you to Miss Day, one of our professional Speech and Drama teachers, for giving our pupils these opportunities. It was terrific to see the pupils in Years 7 and 8 delivering their many lines off by heart and with such fluency in their abridged version of Romeo and Juliet, whilst the pupils in Years 5 and 6 put on a tremendously vibrant and joyful show of improvised drama. Very well done to all those who performed so well on stage!

In sport today, we are all waiting with excitement for updates from Epsom, where our Under 13 and Under 12 girls’ netball teams are both competing in the Prep Schools’ National Championships. Just to qualify is a great achievement in itself, so many congratulations to all of the girls and their coaches for their efforts and high standard of play during the season. Good luck also to the 32 pupils who are attending the Cross Country Cup at Blundell’s today. It is excellent that we have so many keen boys and girls wanting to push themselves in this way.

I wish you all a very enjoyable and restful weekend.

Andrew Edwards

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