Mr Richards' Words Summer 5
Incredible, just like Maidenhead’s buses, you wait for one and then two appear...
... If Year One’s assembly was a jaw dropping triumph then I do not know quite how to describe Receptions. Inquisitive, insightful, independent, inclusive, imaginative and inspired - everything we strive our pupils to be. FABULOUS!
Our wider curriculum is certainly creative with opportunities from Art’s Summer Term self-led exploration, Drama sessions, two Music lessons each week, as well as The Thicket being right on our doorstep. Our extra curricular offer also allows expression and freedom of choice. Our desire to create well rounded contributors who are achieving academically and socially without anxiety in all areas is at its core.
English, Mathematics and Science are, of course, key components of our boys’ development but we all want lessons to be enjoyable and for strong skills to be embedded and really understood alongside creativity, not crushed out of them by fear of examination and a results driven culture.
Values, ethos and our ESSENTIALS, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Loyalty, are clearly appreciated by the pupils. Yes there are always moments to support, to guide and on occasion, time to direct - but our boys get it. One such example of this in action was at the joint boys and girls fantastic Outward Bounds day. The creativity, wider learning, alongside the personal and team development, onsite and at Cliveden, demonstrated all of the above in abundance. It is not a surprise to me that Cliveden had already written to us by the time the children had returned, “Their behaviour really was exemplary, and I can honestly say it was a pleasure to have them. The way they listened to myself and each other, and the comments and feedback they gave, was very impressive.“ Accompanying colleagues were in raptures about their questioning, collaboration and the opportunities on offer for the children to shine. Their enthusiasm and energy had still not waned after our internal camping expedition! Not perhaps as rugged or desperate as either Scott’s or Shackleton's adventures, both of whom being the inspiration of some essential meeting interruptions this week, with beaming boys bursting into my study.
Our swimmers also achieved a tremendous triumph at the local schools Gala recently. Unfortunately, it defeated my deadline but we are proud of your efforts and the exemplary way you conducted yourselves. We are all also delighted to welcome back Mrs Whiteley into our community. True champion behaviour and spirit in every sense.
What a truly creative and incredible place to be. Have a fantastic Half Term.