Mr Richards' Words Autumn 9
Our tourists returned on Sunday after another (the 10th to be precise) touring triumph across the River Tamar. Matches were won and lost but friendships were made, skills were improved and the occasional challenge of being away from home or having a fixture cancelled due to torrential rain did not derail the enthusiasm of all involved. Thank you to all the adults who once again generously gave up their time and to both boys and girls who gave their all. (Please do not whisper it too loudly but we are rather pleased that Mr Barber claimed the cross site Ten Pin Bowling prize!)
Those not involved in the Cornwall adventure had plenty of tests to overcome off of their normal timetable. It is so reassuring that my colleagues look after all our pupils and that we trust them to come up with inspirational sessions. Pizzas were tasty. First Aid techniques applied with vigour, one pupil has taken to carrying his own emergency triage pack around school. (We removed the clothing scissors as a sensible precaution!). The Thicket was the perfect area to inspire woodland sculptures whilst Heathrow had to be alerted due to our rocket test launch pad. Learning, trial and error, hands on experience and plenty of fun was had by all.
Progression and change has its place as does tradition and I thought the boys, expertly guided by Mrs Ward (and knitted poppy), got our Remembrance Assembly spot on. A thoughtful mixture of poetry, understanding and reflection. From the requests by parents to attend the assembly and silence we are more than happy to facilitate this next year. Year Two also gained further learning from their visit to the Stubbings Memorial.
I am also extremely grateful to Mr O’Clee for visiting Reception on Wednesday and enriching them with his exciting ‘Police’ presentation. Thank you so much!
Challenge and friendly rivalry were excitedly and positively displayed in our inaugural House Science Competition on Friday. Mrs Carter along with Form teachers have worked hard to increase the profile of the subject and our wider general knowledge with the assembly scientists theme. The boys will have to explain about a wonderful morning of teamwork from everyone involved and who won the coloured disc.
Our very positively attended Academic Parents’ Evenings continue on Monday for Years 4 and 6. Communication skills can at times be lost in the Twitter et al social media age. Please remember all teachers are always available for a quick catch up. Strong relationships, working together in partnership can only benefit our pupils. I am delighted that Miss Harrison, has already forged excellent bonds with her form. Miss Harrison writes,
“For me, teaching is more than a job - it is a rewarding, meaningful career knowing that you can make a difference in many ways. My teachers fostered within me a desire to learn, challenge myself and explore. I wanted to share that same experience with others. I believe children learn best in a positive, nurturing and stimulating environment - something which was evident when I joined Junior Boys. Very early on I could sense the strong community held within the school. It has been great watching the children take part in an enriched curriculum as well as participating in sport fixtures, extra-curricular activities, class assemblies and competitions. Through these experiences, I have already had the chance to see the boys flourish as individuals and I am looking forward to seeing this continue throughout the year.”
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Perhaps I might tweet a picture of the first time two match officials from one school have been appointed to a match at Twickenham.