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Weekly Words from Mr Wilding

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with comments from Mr Wilding about the week gone by. Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 7

    Published 18/10/19, by Amy Hewitt

    After all the hard work to prepare for our annual Fireworks extravaganza, we were perhaps fortunate that overnight Friday/Saturday morning the weather was so foul that we were able to make a decision to cancel the event in good time, the fields being so flooded!

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 6

    Published 11/10/19, by Amy Hewitt

    Claires Court Art staff host the ISA London West Art Exhibition each year in the Norden Farm barn, which makes a wonderful exhibition space for the art and design work of the 30+ schools in our region. Judging is completely independent, with the school invisible to the judges; the winners in each of the 20+ categories go forward to the ISA National Exhibition in Leeds in November.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 5

    Published 04/10/19, by Amy Hewitt

    National Poetry Day was celebrated on Thursday this week with a rendition of Mr Wespieser’s poem “Truth” launching the School’s annual poetry competition theme for Senior pupils, for submission by the end of term. It’s a funny, poignant, occasionally squelchy, epic fable, with three happy endings, and has modelled perhaps one (of many) ways budding bard’s might choose to celebrate the meaning of truth. 

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  • Mr Wilding's Words Autumn 4

    Published 27/09/19, by Amy Hewitt

    It is all getting delightfully busy around school, what with European Day of Modern Languages, Open Morning, Year 11 Parents Evening and all.

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  • Mr Wilding's Words Autumn 3

    Published 20/09/19, by Amy Hewitt

    Dr Peter Woodroffe, Deputy CEO of the Independent Schools Association, was our principal guest at Speech Day yesterday.

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  • Mr Wilding's Words Autumn 2

    Published 13/09/19, by Amy Hewitt

    As one of the three writers/creators of the secondary/sixth form timetable, it is always a relief to get to the end of the first full working week to see that the schedules for 100+ staff and 600+ students across our two sites seems to function effectively.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 1

    Published 06/09/19, by Amy Hewitt

    Claires Court Senior Boys has got off to a flying start this September…..

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Summer 10

    Published 05/07/19, by Amy Hewitt

    This Tuesday saw the inaugural ‘Official’ Prom for Year 11’ presented by the Parents of the boys and girls involved, it was held in the estate and old barn of Lillibrooke Manor.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Summer 9

    Published 28/06/19, by Amy Hewitt

    It is wonderful that summer has returned during the school day, putting smiles on everyone’s face and adding to the uptake of Vitamin D and release of hormones to lift our happiness levels.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Summer 8

    Published 21/06/19, by Amy Hewitt

    Now all the public examinations are over, we welcomed back both Year 11 and Year 13 yesterday; 75 Year 11 Boys and Girls celebrated at Thorpe Park for the day and 130 Sixth Formers enjoyed the 2019 Ball at the Crowne Plaza in the evening. After their dedicated efforts to conclude their studies, it is a pleasure to see them celebrate with such joy afterwards.

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  • Mr Wilding's Words Summer 7

    Published 14/06/19, by Nicola Robinson

    As Academic Principal, as well as Head of Senior Boys, I like to consider academic matters first, with all those other elements that surround school life trailing in its wake. This week it is hard not to think first about the weather, with the rain lashing against the windows! Over the next few days, the major public exams at GCSE and A level come to an end, whilst Year 10 complete their year of studies with their terminal exams from their current year of study.  Today, we send home grade cards to parents of pupils in Years 7 to 9 capturing as they do the outcomes from Common Task 3, completed just before half-term. Whilst recognising success and failure may be part of the exam process, within school the learning happens when the student reviews with teacher and parent ‘what went well’ (WWW) and ‘even better if’ (EBI). This process of reflection, thinking about the work is known as ‘Metacognition’, and for the past 2500 years of humanity’s thinking (since the time of Socrates and Plato), it’s the one thing that separates the successful learners above their peers.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Summer 6

    Published 07/06/19, by Amy Hewitt

    Back in school now after Half Term, and the next two weeks see public examinations for Year 13 and Year 11 still to the fore; I have been delighted by the conduct of our students this summer, who have been supported so well too by parents, the academic and examination staff.

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