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Mrs Heywood's Words Autumn 2

It has been another busy week as we settle down to the routine of the school day. One thing to report with some pleasure this week was the brilliant way in which our Year 10s took on the challenge of their final assessed expedition over the weekend for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. It was great to see them working with previous familiar peers, getting to grips with relating map to ground, putting up a tent and cooking a meal from scratch and coping with the difficult weather conditions. I witnessed first hand their happy faces as they walked through Cookham Moor and saw the huge benefit that young people gain from their involvement in such a diverse scheme.

Today, Friday 15 September, in conjunction with the National Trust at Cliveden, we created a unique educational experience for our Year 7 pupils. The two banks of the river at Cliveden were once connected by a small chain ferry, which last operated in 1956. Today, with the support of the Maidenhead Sea Cadets, the ferry was temporarily reopened by the Claires Court Outdoor Education Department, carrying our pupils across the River Thames.  Other activities during the day included soldier history tales in the WWI war cemetery , creative art in the Long Garden, ‘visiteering’ with the Trust’s gardeners and team building together up and around the water garden and maze. We hope the boys and girls have enjoyed meeting up, learning more about each other, making friends and winning points for their Houses.

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing those of you who will be attending Speech Day and Prize Giving next week.

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