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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 13

    Published 13/12/19, by Amy Hewitt

    Friday morning at Senior Boys saw a huge festive season celebration, with Christmas jumpers wall to wall and the Christmas lunch enjoyed by all who partook. With the many Form Hampers adorning the Christmas tree too, the Senior Boys community is showing its best ’sparkle’ to date, and I thank all of our parents for supporting the school’s efforts to be jolly and supportive of those less fortunate than ourselves.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 12

    Published 06/12/19, by Amy Hewitt

    Advent has begun; the Christmas tree in the Foyer and Dining Rooms are up, and the school community is now turning its attention to those less fortunate than ourselves. The Sixth Form are out in full force tomorrow (Saturday) assisting the local Lions Clubs International branch with their packing and distribution of Hampers, whilst each of our own form groups is putting together their personal Hamper for distribution through St Luke’s Church and the Salvation Army.  We will also be accepting any outer clothing garments and footwear at Mrs Tarr’s front desk here at Senior Boys, again for onward distribution locally during our last week of term. 

    Parents and friends are cordially invited to enjoy for either of the two Carol Services we are holding at St Luke’s Church, Norfolk Road, SL6 7AT on Tuesday 17 December, Years 7-9 at 9.30am and Years 10-13 at 10.45am. 

    Our Christmas lunch is next Friday, 13 December, which is also a day on which all are encouraged to wear a Christmas Jumper (£1 please) to support Save the Children’s mission to help children all around the world to help them grow up healthy and safe, and get an education, so they can grow up to be who they want to be. Thank you. 

    Thank you as well from all here in the Claires Court office for the kind wishes and cards we have received this week. I am reminded of the value of saying ‘thank you’ by the incredible strength shown by Liz and Richard Houghton, whose son Will was killed in a cycling accident whilst a student at Portsmouth University. Will was a remarkable young man, our Headboy back in 2014. Liz Houghton’s story of loss and recovery was featured yesterday in the Daily Mail, an article that captures the grief of loss and the salvation that organ donation brings to the beneficiaries who survive. As Liz makes clear in the article, Will had a strong sense of social justice. He wanted to help the disadvantaged and was sharply aware of how fortunate his own life was. At the very heart of the Will Houghton foundation his parents set up is the wish to keep his shining spirit alive and inspire a new generation of young people to be their very best. If you want to consider supporting the foundation, read more here.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 11

    Published 29/11/19, by Amy Hewitt

    It is GCSE Mocks week here at Senior Boys, a time when Year 11 are able to tell whether all the work, advice and skills development put in over the last 18 months has paid dividends. 

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 10

    Published 22/11/19, by Amy Hewitt

    There have been some terrific performances this week at school, and it is always a pleasure to witness the ‘players’, be they our rowers up for national squad selection for British Rowing (last weekend), musicians (Monday night and Thursday House Assembly), Open Morning stewards (Tuesday) or indeed our Rugby players (Wednesday and Thursday - see for details).

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 9

    Published 15/11/19, by Amy Hewitt

    This week has seen two powerful assemblies for the School. Monday’s focussing on Remembrance and the contribution made by the fallen in Normandy, Monte Cassino in Italy and Imphal on the Indian/Burmese border. Ben Dyer’s wonderful playing of the Last Post supported our reflection moments of silence beautifully.

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  • Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 8

    Published 08/11/19, by Amy Hewitt

    Welcome back one and all from our half term break. At the end of last half term, it seemed we looked as though we were leaving Europe at the end of the month. Now we are back, still part of the EU and all of that to play for, with a General Election in five weeks time, the second half of the term is definitely going to be exciting.

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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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