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Mr Wilding’s Words Autumn 5

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. 

Our new Outdoor Education Centre at Taplow lake was ‘softly’ opened on Monday. Whilst there are no photographs, I understand Mr Mercer (Recruitment Officer) showed the best turn of skill on a wakeboard around the static line, though Joe, Year 13, and Elicia, Year 11, strutted their water skills sufficiently to challenge for placings on the ‘non-existent’ leaderboard. Year 11 School prefects and parents met at the same time to plan for the after GCSE examinations celebration (Taplow Lake agreed to be an excellent venue), as well as to put plans in motion for the Year 11 prom at Lillibrooke Manor at the end of Summer Term. 

Thank you to all the parents who attended the 'Key Stage 4 Evening' on Tuesday. We hope you found the presentations to be a useful guide as to how to best support your child through the GCSE process. It is nice for parents to see the academic and pastoral leaders from across divisions working together in public (privately of course, we are doing that all the time to keep the ‘dots’ joined up).   

Well done to Year 8 who enjoyed more than the fantastic views down on the beach at Barton-on-Sea on Tuesday, plenty of space to explore; prevailing winds; rain showers and an excellent place to study coastal erosion. 

Thursday night was our showcase evening for Year 7 boys to share their work and for parents to meet their teachers for the first time. Hat’s off to Mr Miller for arranging and managing us all so expertly, and the boys for their flashmob presentation of “We don’t need no…” by Pink Floyd. The very clear evidence from Mr Bowen’s direction that was needed, made a very good start in terms of their “Drama education” … in order to pull it off so successfully!

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