City of Norwich School

Headteacher's Message, Friday 23rd March 2018

With so much to celebrate this week, it is difficult to know where to begin. I would like to mention a few of our students who have demonstrated excellence both locally and nationally this week in sport, public speaking, music, drama, and maths. 

Y9 boys were crowned champions of the Norwich Champions Football League, winning 4-0 to Thorpe St Andrew School; a well-deserved accomplishment after a fantastic season. Eleanor Philips successfully competed in the English cross-country championship, though our sympathies go to an injured Cameron Green who was unable to compete in both the football and the cross country. Ben Searcey saw a double victory in the football and in winning the Y9 Rhetoric Competition narrowly pipping Daniel Wright to first place. The confidence shown by the finalists was superb as they spoke with conviction on their chosen themes.  

On the same day, 4 of our Y10 girls Isla Pearson, Maddy Flett, Rachel McCrum and Niamh Reilly spoke in front of many dignitaries at the launch party of the Ormiston Leading Lights aboard HQS Wellington. Their speech spanning gender inequalities in the world of business to their own interests and hopes, met with high praise from the audience. They were ably accompanied by the saxophone group who had managed to transport their instruments to London for the event.

Last night, I had the pleasure of watching The Shed production of These Bridges co-directed by the gifted Mattie Goddard in Y13. The performance was stunning and yet again demonstrated the many talented students CNS is lucky to be able to showcase.

None of this would be possible without the combined support of the students' teachers and families. Despite workload pressures, I never cease to be amazed by the commitment of staff to their students in co-curricular activities and the mutual reward such activities bring. This was made even more clear to me on Wednesday when I enjoyed a celebration with students who attend the highest number of co-curricular activities in the school. 

I am very excited about the weekend with both sons returning from university for the Easter holidays. I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy whatever you are doing. 

Jo Philpott

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