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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 10

    Published 05/07/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Headmaster for the Day - Master Holdway’s Words: 

    Mr Richards asked me to see him. I was a little bit apprehensive but I was very surprised when he told me that my Mum had won the raffle at the PTA Summer Fair and Circus. I soon became very excited when I heard that my prize was to be Headmaster for the day. Mr Richards said he was going to go fishing.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 9

    Published 28/06/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Sports’ Day and the Headmaster’s Homework exhibition, have both been a great success. What a fantastic conclusion to a terrific week.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Summer 8

    Published 21/06/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    A,b,c,d,...x,y and z are alphabetical and phonetic challenges for many of our youngest and I am constantly delighted how determined they are to spell out their words and re-read their independent writing. How well they have progressed this year. Letters were even sent to similar aged pupils in Malaysia this week. I wonder if they will get a reply? It is always a delight to see how they look up to our older role models and learn how to play, co-operate and become an excellent community. Young leaders at break time do a remarkable job and they should be delighted that one little fellow in Reception, Zak, actually had the charisma to engage the whole field of boys and girls who responded well with glee and gusto to his every command. Remarkable!


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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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