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Claires Court Maidenhead

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MR RICHARDS' WORDS LENT 6

What a fantastic place to be! Junior Boys is just such an industrious, enjoyable environment to be in. No sooner have I have submitted my words for the previous week than I already have an abundance of wonderful, inspiring opportunities that colleagues have provided for the boys to participate in and for their imaginations to run wild over.

Running cross country can bring a shiver or two as we remember our own school days. However, five of our boys took on the challenge and competed in the ISA regional race. All pushed themselves to their maximum and demonstrated fantastic stamina and speed. Four are lucky enough to have qualified to race again at the national finals!

Smallpox would certainly be a valid reason to avoid a long distance run and Mrs Wood, Mrs Ramsey and the brave risk takers in 2W created a triumph of an assembly on Edward Jenner. Vaccinations, experiments and eight year old child ‘guinea pigs’ were a fascinating subject that was brought to life in an absolutely fabulous entertaining style. It also linked neatly with the modern day and our present worldwide virus. Please be rest assured that we deal with children's questions about coronavirus in a sensible manner but that they are right to ask these questions about a topic they see all around them presently on a daily basis. It also seems rather fortuitous that Mrs Webster was scheduled to host her annual reminder about germs spreading and commonsense behaviours on Wednesday. The boys, through the use of glitter, song and role play, saw a very thought provoking and behaviour changing presentation. 

Healthy, vibrant and tuneful 'young voices' enjoyed a celebration of song late into Friday evening last week at Wembley Arena. Thank you to my colleagues and parents who certainly pushed the boat out a bit here. The light show, star guests and participation certainly created the ‘best night of my life’ as described by one boy afterwards. If there are any boys who would like to take up singing lessons please do contact the School Office for further details. 

Singing can often be heard from the highest roof tops at Junior Boys. Madame Shannon’s French and Spanish lessons are a vibrant mixture of conversation, acting and enjoyable language acquisition. Hopefully one or two brave boys will take a risk this half term and use their developing skills whilst skiing or in possibly warmer climates. On Wednesday Year 5's petit-dejeuner francais a apporte a nos eleves une experience stimulante et enrichissante.  Les viennoiseries proposées par les garcons de cafe etaient delicieuses! (On Wednesday Year 5's French breakfast provided our pupils with a stimulating and enriching experience. The pastries offered by the cafe boys were delicious!).

Oratory skills of another kind were also examined and tested in our house poetry this week. Well done to all the boys who competed, researched, created and presented their offerings to their peers. The final produced a stunning array of material, styles and talents. We are also very grateful to Mr Wespieser and Mrs Icke for making the final decisions and encouraging us all. 

Encouragement and inspiration were qualities that former Deputy Head, Mrs Susan Payne had in abundance for both pupils and colleagues. It is with great sadness that we learned that she had lost her brave battle this week. Mr Hogg has rather eloquently penned his thoughts and memories in the chess words this week. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

Please have a safe and restful half term.

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