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Mr Wilding's Words Week

‘Opportunity’ and ‘participation’ are key words in the school’s vocabulary, and it has certainly been challenging to keep engaging with the wider opportunities the world offers during the middle of a pandemic. Involving ourselves in anti-bullying week has been our focus, very well expressed by our Senior prefects assembly on Thursday. We have some great role models now, most recently Lewis Hamilton, who have taken that brave step of ‘calling out’ hateful behaviour and raising the profile so clearly that above all, we need to be kind.

The house badge design winners for this academic year have now been declared. Thanks to all who took part, and the four badges chosen to represent their houses are:

Well done to Auryn, Ayshmit, Will and Callum for their respective designs.

Old boy Jordan Stockdale (2005-2010) pictured above has been back in touch, highlighting his career as a composer after completing his degree at the Royal Academy of Music. He has just submitted his music track for the previously silent film, Caminandes 3: Llamigos, to the world-wide Indie Film Contest. His score brings to life the antics of our hero, the Patagonian Llama, Koro, as he battles with a penguin over some tasty red berries. Jordan had 48 hours to write the score, and a further three days to pull it all together. He now stands a chance of reaching the final if he gets lots of ‘likes’. The YouTube film, with his amazing musical and sound backing can be seen here. It’s a three minute film for all ages (child focus) and I commend it to you. Given that so many careers these days including self-employment, and that for musicians is particularly tough, I do hope we can help give Jordan’s next steps that extra nudge now! 

Over the next few weeks, actors, speakers, singers and musicians are preparing their own various submissions for our end of term virtual carol service; we may not be able to come together, but we do hope to be able to celebrate our end of term with a range of Christmas activities that highlight those traditional joys of the season. And to add to that joy, I look forward to attending the ‘premiere’ of ‘A Day in the Life of a Year 7 pupil at Claires Court Senior Boys - please see the Film Maker’s thank you at the end of this week’s bulletin. 

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