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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 Autumn 7

    Published 18/10/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Wow, where did that half term go? So much squeezed in, a number of firsts, many fantastic achievements alongside plenty of learning. It has been a real delight to watch enthusiastic faces in classes and pupils full of inquisitiveness, being guided and supported to discover answers for themselves. This excitement to learn and express themselves brings joy to me when I catch up to discuss their hopes and aspirations over an apple crumble at lunch. It is definitely worth taking on the spaghetti splattering suit roulette risk to do so. The dining room is a real barometer of a happy, engaged, eager cohort. They certainly also relish the plentiful options available to them here. Our Junior Boys centurions certainly do not march on empty stomachs.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Autumn 6

    Published 11/10/19, by Nicola Robinson

    Today’s ‘When I grow up’ was a wonderful day of big dreams and future aspirations. The boys certainly demonstrated a complete range of hopes. I wonder how many will have had their photo taken today and will revisit it in the decades to come and say, ‘I did it?’

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  • Mr Richards' Words Autumn 5

    Published 04/10/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Surprises can be great and surprises can also bring out quite the opposite feeling. Just ask the opinion of those involved in the Japan v Ireland match last weekend!

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  • Mr Richards' Words Autumn 4

    Published 27/09/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Twitter - or not to twitter. Have I become obsessed? Why does it take me so long? Why do I get so anxious before I press tweet? What does it add? Is there anyone out there looking, reading or listening? These are all questions I ask myself.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Autumn 3

    Published 20/09/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    As Robert Ingersoll once said, “We rise by lifting others.” This week it has been a common theme that has resonated strongly with me.  I have given tours around the school with prospective parents and pupils and witnessed kind behaviour from our boys. On Thursday afternoon, achievements were also recognised at the Senior School Awards celebrations and that, I believe, fills CCJB in an intangible way. That of ’Giving’.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Autumn 2

    Published 13/09/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Excitement, energy and enthusiasm are words that would certainly describe the boys and their guides this last week. I see it, hear it and can sense it. New routines are beginning to be grasped and new relationships explored. I am thrilled that our older hands have warmly welcomed those who are just beginning their CCJB journey and our newest feel free to allow their characters to emerge.

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  • Mr Richards' Words Autumn 1

    Published 06/09/19, by Dawn Hammonds-Gill

    Welcome back after the holidays, or welcome to Junior Boys to those boys, families and teaching staff who have joined our community. I trust you all had the opportunity to relax, recharge and get ready to throw yourselves into an exciting term and very active year.

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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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