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Weekly Words from Mr Rayer

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

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Summer 1

    Published 20/04/18, by Miranda Whetton

    Welcome back, as always the weather is glorious now we have returned to school, very unlike the weather over the holiday.

    However, there were very good reports from the ski trip, rowing and sailing camps that were all successful (my best wishes to the two boys with broken bones for a swift return to health). Year 10 are at present travelling to Ypres for their History experience, good luck to them.

    Year 11 start their practical exams next week with Drama and IGCSE ICT exams, now is the time to shine!

    As always a very busy term so please ensure that the messages we send are received and read, many thanks.

    On Thursday in assembly I read a passage from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, here's a small snippet:

    How we all came from the same place. How we are all made of the same stuff- whether it be DNA or star-dust. How, as the Indigenous people of Australia tell us, we are all custodians of the same world - the world we share together.

    A simple message of respect for our world and each other, a great thought for the new term.

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 11

    Published 23/03/18, by Miranda Whetton

    It was good to see that the Year 10 Geography trip was very successful and missed the worst of the cold / snowy weather, the boys enjoyed their visit to Cardiff bay and Margam Park.

    Your sons will be bringing their reports home next week and I especially ask you to note their Attitude to Learning Grade and discuss this with them.  

    The boys have again shown their enthusiasm for the Charity Week activities, please remind them to bring in the funds they have raised. The boys have raised £1,964.76 counted so far. Well done and thank you.

    I look forward to seeing the rowing parents on Saturday evening, Alan Campbell will prove to be an inspiration for the boys.

    With no bulletin next week I take the opportunity to wish you a happy and restful Easter Break.

    "A positive attitude can really make dreams come true - it did for me." David Bailey

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 10

    Published 16/03/18, by Miranda Whetton

    Many thanks to Year 10 who have run four recent assemblies on cyber safety, they were all tremendous and very informative, well done to all involved.

    There was a great turn out for the Cross Country event last Saturday. Congratulations to all the boys who completed the course and thanks to parents and staff for their support. Well done to our U16 Quad crew who had a great win at the National Junior Sculling Head. The U16 Sevens team played extremely well but lost in the final to Saliesian College, a very good performance.

    The Joint Senior Music Concert on Monday saw several excellent performances, well done to all our musicians.

    There was the usual number of comedy fancy dress involved with the Sponsored Walk on Thursday - a very good effort, we now need to bring in the sponsorship monies.

    Year 10 have so far been successful in South Wales, and the Geography Field Trip is running well.

    “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 9

    Published 09/03/18, by Miranda Whetton

    The first snow day of the year and who would believe it with the present temperatures, excellent conditions for the ISA U16 7's and tomorrow's Cross Country (please be aware of the parking plan from Mr Miller due to the wet conditions).

    My thanks to all who turned up for the PTA AGM, not a huge number but a very dedicated group, we are always looking for new support, please talk to me at the Cross Country if you are wishing to help.

    The feedback I have had from the Year 10 Academic Mentoring meetings have been very positive and I thank the staff for their efforts and parents for coming in to meet.

    Year 7 and 8 have had two very successful days, one at Rushall Farm (Geography, rivers and organic farming) and the other at Dorney Court (History, the Civil war) - well done to all involved.

    Next week starts with the Joint Senior Music Concert on Monday, Charity Week starting, and in the week Year 10 Geographers will be travelling to Margam Park for their GCSE Fieldwork experience. We continue to be very busy and I look forward to seeing parents at the various events.

    Following the events at Nottingham Trent University I feel we should remember these famous words:

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 8

    Published 01/03/18, by Olivia James

    This week we have had held three whole school assemblies, the Alex Devine and Sports Able charities spoke to the boys about their work and how pleased they were that they have been chosen for our support (Thames Valley Adventure Playground were due to speak on Friday, cancelled due to the weather) and Mr Weispieser who was speaking to the boys about World Book day, entertaining as always.

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 7

    Published 23/02/18, by Miranda Whetton

    I hope that all enjoyed the half term holiday, personally being in Swansea when the earthquake struck was definitely a new experience.

    It was good to see so many parents at the Year 11 evening, a very positive and constructive event as we prepare the boys for the challenges of the summer.

    Congratulations to all the boys who took part in the Maths Challenge on Thursday.

    Next week we have Study Skills sessions for Year 7 on Monday and Year 8 on Wednesday.

    On Tuesday Year 9 have a visiting author and Year 8 are visiting the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, looking at the weather please ensure that they have a suitable coat with them.

    Julie Freak, one of our Laboratory Assistants, is having a Cake Sale on Thursday break time, to raise money for her Women V Cancer Windsor to Buckingham Palace return, Night Bike Ride. So please ensure you bring some money in for cakes.

    "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 6

    Published 09/02/18, by Miranda Whetton

    The Orchestral Day at the College Avenue site proved to be a great success. Many thanks to all the boys and staff involved (and the parents for being an appreciative audience).

    Saturday saw us competing on the football field and on the river at Hampton, well done to all who turned out in very challenging weather conditions.

    Last Wednesday it was good to see a full turn out for the Year 9 Parents Evening where we were able to discuss Option choices for Year 10, a very informative and positive meeting.

    If you are in Maidenhead Town Centre tomorrow please drop in to our New Campus site stand, to show your support, it would be greatly appreciated.

    I look forward to seeing the Year 11 parents on the 21 February for their evening where we can ensure the final build up to the challenges of the Summer term are understood and met.

    Please do not drive onto the site to drop your children in the morning, today there was almost a collision between a coach and parent, please drop off outside. Thank you for your co-operation.

    And following my message to the boys from Monday's assembly:

    "We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that." Ellen DeGeneres

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 5

    Published 02/02/18, by Miranda Whetton

    Well done to all involved in the Scholarship exams on Friday and Saturday, as always the standard was very high and the boys were a credit to themselves.

    Congratulations to the Public Speaking teams who performed in Marlow last night, whilst we did not win, we were the youngest teams in the age groups and the boys were a credit to the school.

    It was good to see 30 parents at the Drugs Talk by Bob Tait, his message is clear and very informative, and as many parents weren't able to attend he is sending me a link to his presentation which I will share with you.

    Well done to the U14 Hockey team who gained a Silver medal at the ISA Hockey Tournament last week.

    Year 9 Parents should have received their GCSE Option Choice booklets and I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday at the Parents Evening.

    A quote this week from the Australian Tennis Open Champion:

    "I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me the most in difficult moments."  Roger Federer.

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 4

    Published 26/01/18, by Miranda Whetton

    Sigh of relief the Inspection is over, we do not have the result yet, however the Inspectors would like me to thank the pupils and staff for their manner and how they made the visiting group welcome. Well done all.

    Wednesday, a typical day at this time of year, Year 11 IGCSE English exam, 10 fixtures cancelled due to the weather - it is really important that all lines of communication are checked regularly because arrangements can change at the last minute.

    It was good to see a number of parents at the Spotlight on the Sixth Form event, it proved to be enjoyable and informative.

    Good luck to all who are taking part in the Scholarship events today and Saturday, a reminder that next Thursday we have Bob Tait coming to speak to Year 9 and 10 parents, he is a very good speaker and I recommend this evening.

    If you have never made a mistake then it means you have never tried something new.

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 3

    Published 19/01/18, by Miranda Whetton

    It was fun to watch the Youth Speaks presentations last Tuesday, there was certainly some different ideas about the keeping of pets and problems of being a T Rex.

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 2

    Published 12/01/18, by Miranda Whetton

    Congratulations to our Youth Speaks teams, although they were the only area entrants this does not take away from the hard work and preparations they have put in.

    Year 11 have completed their first IGCSE Maths exam and good luck to them for next Tuesday.

    It was good to hear that the Post16 Landscape evening was a great success being well attended and informative. 

    I look forward to seeing the Year 8 parents on Thursday for their evening with their subject teachers and Year 9 parents on Friday for their pantomime (Oh no you won't).

    With the news from Donald Trump I take a quote from Robin Williams.

    "I'm sorry but if you were right I'd agree with you." Robin Williams

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  • Mr Rayer's Words Lent 1

    Published 05/01/18, by Miranda Whetton

    Welcome back to the Lent Term, Storm Eleanor has ensured a wet and windy start and I remind the boys that they need to be prepared for the changeable weather of this term (football boots and trainers for example).

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