Mr Wilding's words summer week 7
The return after half-term to school has brought with it many welcome changes at school; greater flexibility around the site, fuller dining rooms, academic classrooms back in use as subject areas and, of course, summer dress and the weather to go with it.
Parents and guardians will inevitably understand that school is very much 'in' for the next four weeks, as we bring our academic, pastoral and behaviour standards up to an appropriate level for a school of our standing. There will be no sense of easing off in June, and we will be reminded of that when the Prime Minister speaks to us as a nation post the G7 summit that we are still living under restrictions. Attitudes in the UK are very divided currently, on a range of issues from #lockdown to #takingtheknee. My staff and I are very clear that our school values serve us really well as a touchstone on how to behave at times of crisis and pressure. One family suffered a difficult bereavement over half-term and wrote to me as follows:
"As a parent, you do wonder sometimes if your decisions and the many sacrifices made to enable your children to be at Claires Court at times might have just been too great. However, last night in a single hour a young man showed every value of Claires Court in surround sound and more. Thank you for the ethos of the school and how you have aided my small 4 year old to become the man he is today. I was never prouder of him than during that difficult hour, and how he showed his brother it was okay."
Huw Buckle, Deputy Head Careers, led assembly on Thursday reminding the boys of the excellent digital careers platform introduced to support their development of their Career's profile https://www.startprofile.com/. With former students being in full view currently for their enviable jobs, Sam MacGregor starting work on the early Friday morning Radio 1 slot and Dan Hallam advertising the new RYA sport of 'Wingsurfing', there is a lot for our boys to admire!