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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 4

    Published 04/02/22, by Hayley Johnston

    Senior schools have many priorities at this time of year; ensuring all the UCAS applications for University entry are in by the due deadline date, waiting with bated breath the advanced information for the A level and GCSE courses so we can ‘trim’ accordingly for the final run in to the much heralded (and hoped for) Public Examinations in May and June.  This in addition of course to setting out the landscape for current year 9s so they are able to make informed choices for their GCSE options in Years 10 and 11.

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 3

    Published 28/01/22, by Hayley Johnston

    Firstly, thanks all for reacting so quickly to the change in parking routines announced on Sunday by email. In short…

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 2

    Published 21/01/22, by Hayley Johnston

    From a personal and professional basis, my best news this week was receipt of permission for the opening of our new playing fields on our Junior Boys campus, providing as it does two major cricket squares for our senior cricketers which, in conjunction with our own facilities at Taplow and partnership with Boyne Hill, gives us the unrestricted access for both training and matches that the school needs for the Summer months. 

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  • Mr Wilding's words Lent week 1

    Published 14/01/22, by Hayley Johnston

    Our first wishes for 2022;

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  • Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 12

    Published 10/12/21, by Hayley Johnston

    Music assembly this morning demonstrated (as well as any on-line event can) just how strong and diverse a range of talents we have at Senior Boys. In recent weeks, it's been excellent to hear singing and music making bring our early mornings back to life, and we can only hope as the vaccine roll-out continues that our school life can really return to some 'congregational' normality. It's only when we are in the same space that the emotional strength we have available can truly be shared. We were entertained with Green Day, classical, Mack the knife, a 3 kings 'hoot' and all that Jazz on show - it's a great Christmas stocking filler for our Assembly show reel.

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  • Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 11

    Published 02/12/21, by Hayley Johnston

    What a difference a year makes. Whilst Covid-19 still swirls through the community, families and school, we now have major vaccination and regulatory testing in place so that school itself is absolutely full on and working in full technicolour. And whilst that sounds a good thing in principle, in practice it means we are back to the 'whole' education piece, creating a safer and fairer society whilst at the same time making sure that 'stuff' academic, pastoral and athletic take place. And that 'piece' actually is more than a bit messy, as the recent stabbing of adolescent children by their peers in Liverpool, Croydon and Southall exemplify. PC Angela Feroucci was in school both Tuesday and Wednesday this week spending an hour with year 9 tutor groups to alert them to the dangers of knife crime; the Thames Valley Police have been excellent at supporting schools in these endeavours and we welcome PC Ferricci's time spent with us on other matters.

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  • Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 10

    Published 25/11/21, by Hayley Johnston

    At Monday Assembly this week, outdoor education's DoE and paddling lead, James Wragg spoke via camera to the school, letting us all know about his sponsored cycle around Great Britain, which starts on Saturday. We would have loved to have put a great 'Departure' display for Mr Wragg on site today, to accompany many of the classes' talk from Greenpeace, but sadly, the many and various journey requirements had the bike somewhere else today. Whatever happens to James, he will keep us in the loop via targeted Vlog to school; he has built a lovely website, https://cycleforchange.co.uk/,  to cover the journey, including the most charming photo of his family team supporting his work! 

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  • Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 9

    Published 19/11/21, by Hayley Johnston

    I was able to attend the ISA Autumn National Study conference in Coventry last Thursday/Friday, and as a consequence had to write my bulletin words on Wednesday. Eagle eyed readers will have spotted though that I did run a separate story to celebrate the Boys CCF contingent for their core role for the first time in leading our Remembrance service last Thursday. It is quite clear that we have started something additional at school this year that is turning out to be quite special and I salute in particular School Staff Instructor Stephen Larkin on his work with our boys and girls.

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  • Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 8

    Published 12/11/21, by Hayley Johnston

    We welcomed a cross-continent team from C-Learning and Merlyn Mind on Wednesday this week to help us in developing our use of Artificial Intelligence in education a little further, assisting us on the commissioning of our six Merlyn classroom digital assistants and inducting some key staff in the next steps, now at the Beta trial stage. Enjoying his GAP year employment with C-Learning is former Deputy Head Boy 2020-21 Owen Mashingaidze, who is likely as a consequence to spend some more time with us supporting that trial and gathering further research evidence highlighting just how effective AI deployment can be in schools. 

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  • Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 7

    Published 04/11/21, by Hayley Johnston

    We have been blessed (in relative terms) this week by both fine weather and a very obvious reduction in coronavirus cases at Senior Boys, so long may both situations prevail. The holiday has permitted us that opportunity to refresh as well as 'firebreak' and the boys' willingness to adjust to our change in dining arrangements has been superb. 

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  • Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 6

    Published 15/10/21, by Hayley Johnston

    Thank you to our Year 9, everyone of whom acted so splendidly as our tour guides on Open Morning last Friday. Whilst we had to cap our visitor numbers for this event, and even create a new one due to huge demand, unofficially a few more visited on the day (after all schools have been closed for showrounds for 18 months), and we did need every hand to the pump to bring school full alive for our guests. Particular thanks go to the other 260 or so pupils on site, because they need to be working well under the spotlights too!

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  • Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 5

    Published 08/10/21, by Hayley Johnston

    It's been really good this week to welcome Year 11 back into the classroom, and they deserve the fullest credit for the mature and focussed way they participated last week in their GCSE Mocks. We are looking forward to welcoming their parents back into school for the first time since they made their GCSE choices - escorted of course by their lovely lads who can enjoy the reflected glory of their exams done well (we hope 🤞).

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