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Mr Wilding’s Words Lent 9

This week has been overshadowed by the assault on Mr Ansell, Head of Year 8 and Science teacher, at the very end of last week and the disappearance of the Science Department’s skeleton.

Throughout the school, the boys have had to endure walking past the scene of the crime, though many have taken an active part in the forensic activities to identify the range of suspects and possible culprits. Courtesy of Ms Mirza, Science teacher, we have this movie trailer that covers the story really well -

Monday night’s joint Music Concert was an absolute treat for all who attended, with some music and singing of the highest calibre on show. Perhaps the most charming ‘story’ of the evening was produced by Ben Dyer (Year 9), who played an original piece of clarinet music written by his grandfather, Nat Temple, whose life story can be read here - BBC bandmaster, whose music covered almost every aspect of the BBC’s work in the 50s and 60s, Nat’s talent for playing and indeed good looks have passed down to Ben, whose playing can be seen here - Mrs Heather Leech Bendell, who teaches Ben at school, sourced the music and encouraged Ben over the last 12 months to build the skills to play; Ben practiced diligently and played the piece to his unsuspecting mother, Mandy Temple, on the evening - a unique moment for us all.

Our sporting life continues to blaze away, with congratulations due to the U16 team for being runners up in the ISA National 7s tournament last Friday, and to the U14 side who won their national tournament yesterday. We still have high hopes for the 1st XI to make the finals of the Super 8 Football tournament, and the rowers are also ‘heading’ off for major championships this weekend. Closer to home, we have the House Cross Country Championships tomorrow, Saturday, at our Taplow Playing Fields (Institute Rd, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0NS), and I am looking forward to meeting up with parents and friends of the school at the event. Hopefully we will have arrested the violent criminal who assaulted Mr Ansell by then (or was it actually self-inflicted); anyway see you at Taplow if you can make it.

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