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Mr Richards' Weekly Words

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mr Richards of the week gone by. Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 7

    Published 14/06/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill







    Young men. 

    These are all good descriptors of our pupils this week. It is also a convenient acrostic link to our wider awareness campaign and a fortuitous number of capital letters that complement my Headmaster’s Homework theme. I have had many delightful conversations with the boys this week, and the range and different styles of presentations are most exciting.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 6

    Published 07/06/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    The boys are back at Junior Boys! They all certainly appear to have had great fun and achieved much last week. I know from the buzz, both inside and out, that the high spirits have continued. Hopefully, both cricket tours and the outward bound camp will also enjoy good weather, plenty of challenges and the strengthening of friendships this weekend.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 5

    Published 24/05/19, by Nicola Robinson

    Incredible, just like Maidenhead’s buses, you wait for one and then two appear... 

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 4

    Published 17/05/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Why do some boys give up?  This is an interesting question.  Is it worry? The fear of not knowing? Nurture or nature? Perfectionism or pressure?  At Junior Boys we encourage an atmosphere where healthy relationships allow boys to achieve without anxiety.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 3

    Published 10/05/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Step inside this place and what do you see … a final quiet moment, before the day accelerates, allows dreams of straight Roman roads heading off into the distance. An anachronistic electric gate whirrs open and returns me to the modern world. The scene is set as the sunshine warms the air.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 2

    Published 03/05/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Encouraging ‘risk taking’ is an essential element of our educational ethos. We enjoy seeking out opportunities for the boys to tackle a challenge confidently. We also do not mind if they fail or find it hard at first, provided they are supported and championed to persevere and be ultimately successful. These risks occur in all curriculum areas, inside and outside of the classroom or during our excellent activity programme. Knowing our pupils well, as we do, is hugely important at Junior Boys as what characterises a responsible risk for one child can be an insurmountable hurdle for another and a piece of cake for a third.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 1

    Published 26/04/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    A warm welcome back from the Easter break. Sand, sundowners and sun kissed scenes encouraged a warm reflective glow of the previous term and plenty of forward thinking.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 11

    Published 29/03/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Coincidence or not? ‘Filling buckets or lighting fires?’ was an educational article that a colleague brought to my attention recently. The title and content resonated and not just because Years 5 and 2 both had elemental connections this week. Year 5 spent a fantastic Friday evening doing exactly that whilst Year 2 took time to re-enact the Great Fire of London. Year 1 and Reception’s enterprise also filled lots of buckets during the charity breaktime.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 10

    Published 22/03/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Mr Denton’s assembly last week developed our reasoning and thinking round a theme of, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. He also rather fortuitously introduced it with a well known and powerful video from the Greatest Showman soundtrack, ‘This is me’.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 9

    Published 15/03/19, by Olivia James

    Relationships are a vital ingredient in how we all learn and work. We are constantly exploring and encouraging our young charges to develop their understanding and awareness of each other and how to build friendships that are based on strong foundations. Often tolerance, respect and taking responsibility help but these qualities can take a while to be cemented. Likewise a smile and a kind word or simple recognition can have a very positive response. Every effort is made to role model these values by colleagues and our assembly programme also reinforces it. Mrs Stevenson’s and Mr Denton’s over the last two weeks have produced masterpieces.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 8

    Published 08/03/19, by Olivia James

    I wish there had been more than one rugby question at the PTA Quiz and that my knowledge of Roman numerals had been explored. The L is certainly nearly double the Lack of points my team scored but also a Lazy seamless Link into my topics of the week. Losing and how to do it gracefully was hard work but the wooden spoon was well deserved.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Lent 7

    Published 01/03/19, by Olivia James

    This week has brought a warm glow to my heart and not just because of the upturn in the weather.  It is just wonderful to be part of a school that looks outwardly and creates a culture where our young charges take responsibility and learn to make real contributions to society. Society also happens to be our new assembly theme this half term.

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