Mr Wilding's Words Week 2
At assembly on Monday, I was able to share a small part of the wonderful short movie that Frances Ackland Snow, Head of Art at Senior Boys, produced this August of Jeremy Irons reading her fairy tale for children, ‘The Girl with No Voice’. If you have time, 7 minutes 46 seconds to be precise, please do watch the film, which premiered at her Watlington Art Experience event held in St Leonards Church Watlington over the Bank Holiday weekend.
I mention this as my ‘bulletin starter’ this week, because it gives one physical example of the inspirational staff we have at Claires Court, who have come back to work so strongly since term started. Their care, concern and fundamentally great approach to teaching and learning helped us celebrate such superb A level and GCSE results this summer. To remind our current Year 11 boys that they are to lead the way this year academically, we hold their awards ceremony this coming Wednesday at their divisional assembly; we will film the event for interested parents and the ‘movie’ archive too.
We are delighted to welcome two new members of sports coaching staff to Senior Boys, who bring their own very real ‘presence’ to the games fields. Rich Beck, former pupil between 2000 and 2007, and founder of the Beaconsfield Town football academy (FA level 2 coach) makes a welcome return to his old school. JP Doyle BEd QTS also makes his return to school playing fields after an illustrious 10 year career as international referee on the RFU staff. JP was Mike Hudson’s mentor as he entered the ranks of premiership referees, and is a good friend of Dean Richards, headteacher at Junior Boys, both of whom are back with the Rugby Premiership this autumn.
A really big thanks to Miss Sadia Mirza, our new Head of Biology, and the headboy’s team for their ‘Jeans for Genes’ day assembly yesterday, and to the boys and staff for ‘subbing up’, permitting us to make a decent donation (currently £253.40 and still counting!) to this national charity. And finally, Mrs Tina Webster, PTA committee member extraordinaire, has been back in school this week, sorting out uniform and managing our ‘virtual sale’. As her son Seb is now in Year 13, I take this first opportunity to encourage any willing Senior Boys parents to make contact with Tina, to volunteer to learn the ropes, to support the sale of ‘nearly new’ uniform, and help us plan for a future past July 2021! Her direct email is firstname.lastname@example.org.