Mr Richards' words Autumn week 8
Today is 11 November and as I write this we have just emerged from an assembly with Ms Bullough on the impact of conflict. We heard of the horrendous experiences of the troops in the First World War and listened to 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon. This tells of his experiences in one of the first battles of the war, at Marne, in 1914. The famous stanza is even more profound now as the true scale of the disaster is revealed in Afghanistan.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
As students and staff assembled on the field at 10.45am, coordinated by the CCF, a wreath was laid to remember the ex-students of Maidenhead College who fell during World War 1. We know of 14 past students, thanks to Mr Hugh Wilding's research, and their names were read by senior members of the CCF. The last post sounded and we fell silent for 2 minutes with a mixture of emotions. Some of us felt pride and thanks, some of us felt grief and loss. However for all of us it was a time to reflect. In a world that is so (thankfully) busy again and with so much noise, both in the real world and online, is it essential that we take every opportunity to embrace the silence and remember them. We then heard the revellie to 'wake up' and carried on with our jobs of getting better as students, getting better as teachers and doing all we can to make the world a better place.
Please see the link here for a note on the ex-students who fell in the conflict.
We have spent a lot of time reflecting this week. The school has been conducting a learning review and some of the students may have been asked to take part in pupil panel interviews with the SLT to give us their views. We know we have a strong group of teachers who constantly reflect on how we can improve but this week the students will have noticed SLT members in their lessons to continue these conversations, as we strive to make the school an even better place.
Have a great weekend.