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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 Lent week 8

    Published 05/03/21, by Hayley Johnston

    It really is not possible to explain the sense of absolute excitement and expectation at Senior Boys this week, as we have been running full time school inhouse and online, and at the same time:

    1. Running the largest medical testing and vaccination exercise the school has ever run

    2. Welcoming back teachers, support staff and auxiliaries to prepare all our rooms 

    3. Welcome back all the trades, suppliers and support industries that have had to furlough themselves whilst our physical school was closed.

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 7

    Published 26/02/21, by Hayley Johnston

    The announcements from central government have come thick and fast, on school reopenings, on the outlines of how public examinations results are to be published, and on lots of the in school safety vetting and management procedures. Poor old Mr Spanswick is on plan 86 as I write, but we are delighted that we can have all year groups back in school from Monday 8 March. 

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 6

    Published 12/02/21, by Hayley Johnston

    12 months ago, I wrote in this half term piece the news of the sad death of our former CCJB Deputy Head, Susan Payne, after a long illness. I recalled her proudest moment for school, when our junior chess team won the national finals in Bristol. She wrote then:

    “Had a great night's sleep... Just sinking in what a momentous achievement it is. Thank you for inviting me to see history being made. WELL DONE to you all!”

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 5

    Published 05/02/21, by Mike Morrissey

    Last week’s “Be the Light in the Darkness” neatly segued into this week’s theme, that of children and families’ wellbeing. Patron of Place2Be, the sponsoring charity is Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and her short video reminds us of the importance of finding those creative outlets to express ourselves and to consider parental wellbeing too. The video is very short, so spoil yourself! 

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 4

    Published 29/01/21, by Mike Morrissey

    “Be the light in the darkness.” 

    Irrespective of its genesis, I’ve needed to call to mind this instruction this week, reminding as it does all of us to rise above the doom and gloom of the current news. 

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 3

    Published 22/01/21, by Mike Morrissey

    Well, we have completed three weeks back in school and online, and for almost all of us, adults and young people, we have got back into a very good groove for much of the time (pictured is the delicious meal cooked up in our food technology class this week).

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 2

    Published 15/01/21, by Mike Morrissey

    After my experiment with a ‘talking head’ last week, I’ve reverted to some ‘easy-to-read’ lines of text this week.

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 1

    Published 08/01/21, by Mike Morrissey

    Mr Wilding shares his thoughts on the new year, lockdown and the return to school here >>>  

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  • Mr Wilding's Words Week 12

    Published 11/12/20, by Hayley Johnston

    Thanks to the amazing work of Chef Karen Barker, her kitchen was able to serve 310 Christmas lunches today, which given the circumstances was an incredible achievement. Our photos cannot quite capture the true enjoyment being experienced across our campus this lunchtime. 

    Bearing in mind the Christmas spirit, and following on from the precedent set up at Junior Boys, both boys/girls and staff at the Seniors are also invited to wear their Christmas jumpers through next week. Father Christmas Emoji here.

    Next week we see three major ‘live-streaming’ events for parents to view and enjoy:

    1. Tuesday 15 December 8.45am Carol Service - Live stream (

    2. Wednesday 16 December 11.50am Year 11/10 Final Assembly - YouTube (

    3. Wednesday 16 December 1.45pm Year 7/8/9 Final Assembly - YouTube (

    Year 11 and Year 7 pupils will be recorded live receiving their awards, with Year 8,9 and 10 receiving theirs remotely in their classroom bubbles.

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  • Mr Wilding's Words Week 11

    Published 04/12/20, by Hayley Johnston

    #LockdownWeek2 comes to an end with an almost full return to work in school for Years 7, 8, 9 and 11, and we really do look forward to seeing Year 10 back in school next Monday. I extend a huge thank you to my staff, pupils and parents for making this unusual period of nine days intermittent in-and-out school learning work so well. The new features of MEETS, with break-out rooms, polls and Q&As all assist in creating engagement, and the work being done (by all accounts) has ensured we have remained a productive academic community.

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  • Mr Wilding's Words Week 10

    Published 27/11/20, by Hayley Johnston

    It has been a very different week here at Senior Boys, with the substantial majority of teachers and boys working offsite for either reasons of isolation or year group suspension from in-school attendance. I am delighted that the reports I have received from parents, pupils and teachers confirm we seem to have moved seamlessly to full school days of productive learning and work creation. It has been excellent, of course, to be able to invite every age group back into school, and in giving specific importance to Year 7 to attend more fully next week, our aim is to ensure they are able to develop the screen-working skills that are required to be successful in this mode of study. Equally, with Year 11 in attendance for the majority of the time, we have been able to maximise the support for this vital exam year.  

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  • Mr Wilding's Words Week

    Published 20/11/20, by Hayley Johnston

    ‘Opportunity’ and ‘participation’ are key words in the school’s vocabulary, and it has certainly been challenging to keep engaging with the wider opportunities the world offers during the middle of a pandemic. Involving ourselves in anti-bullying week has been our focus, very well expressed by our Senior prefects assembly on Thursday. We have some great role models now, most recently Lewis Hamilton, who have taken that brave step of ‘calling out’ hateful behaviour and raising the profile so clearly that above all, we need to be kind.

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