Mr Wilding's Words Week 7
Returning from our half term break has seen a real resurgence in energy and commitment at Senior Boys. We seem to have seamlessly moved into masks too, and both staff and pupils seem to be very conscious of the need to keep very good hygiene and to keep a good sense of humour as they go about their business.
#Lockdown2 has brought disappointment for our tennis boys, with the closure of Bisham Abbey, but we are reopening the tennis court at Senior Boys for those games afternoons to retain some of their training activities during the working day. The decision to prevent schools proceeding with organised sport outside of class time came very late onto our radar, and I know our rugby players are particularly disappointed that their Saturday morning sessions cannot restart until Saturday 5 December at the earliest. Our rowers too were looking forward to their first ‘Head of the River’ race later in November, also cancelled.
On a brighter note, we welcomed Mandy Temple and her ‘drone’ camera staff to school today. Mr Miller and B7 are to create ‘A Day in the life of a Year 7 Senior Boy’, successor to the highly successful Junior Boy version from seven years ago. It has also been lovely to welcome back our cook, Karen Barker, as well as the hot meals service we have been able to recover this week. Working out service for 200 boys a day was a challenge on day one, as was getting portion sizes right, but we look forward to week two on the menu next week.
We have also had further exciting news from our former students over the pond studying at University. Sam Street is in North Carolina, the second CC student winning a 90% Soccer scholarship over in the USA. His mother Louise writes to Mrs Selzer “I wanted to say thank you again for all that you did for Sam to help him through school. Sam really couldn't have got to where he is today without amazing teachers like you, who really championed him throughout his time at CC. We as parents will be forever grateful to you for that.”
We’ve hosted four Year 13s this week taking their Oxbridge tests (150 minutes flat out on a laptop is certainly no fun!). Good luck to them with their applications, and to all of our Year 13s whose UCAS applications are winging their way to the various institutions across the country. We might not yet know what their summer series of exams will look like, but come what may, we’ll give them the best support we can for that next step in their academic careers!