Mr Wilding's words summer week 8
The welcome cooling at the close of this week, the rain dampening down the pollen count as well reminds me that we Brits are a resilient crew, there being no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices. The T101 schedule for today had us clearing the Maidenhead Waterways just east of the High street on our community contribution day, where through their voluntary efforts we have just about managed to clear the Prime Minister's memorial Rowan tree and Green Way Guardian before we took shelter for the rest of the day!
Whatever the weather, the Inter-House competition for the Denis Compton Trophy has kept us entertained at school. We are mid basketball freeshots currently as well as slowly building up steam through the Euro football results competition as well. The House music assembly permitted 15 boys to dazzle and entertain us with their contributions, with voting closing on Monday 21 June, 4pm. I was able to highlight to the school who Denis Compton was, one of our finest sportsmen of all time, playing at football and cricket at highest level for Arsenal, Middlesex and England. Known as the Great Entertainer, Denis Compton's life story is well told in this Youtube video: http://schl.cc/cB
On Thursday, our U18 boys tennis team beat Peter Symonds (a large sixth form school in Winchester) to progress through to the National Finals which take place Wednesday 7 July - Sat 10 July in Nottingham. The boys comfortably won 3 of the 4 singles and both doubles. The singles defeat was tremendously close and went to a tie break for the final set and was arguably the most exciting match of all. The competition has been a squad effort, with the following players all playing an important part in this achievement: C Barr (Year 12), Y Jenkins (Year 12), F McGarvey (Year 11), G Berto (Year 11), J Deaner (Year 9), R Watters (Year 9), H Cornhill (Year 7) & H Cartledge (Year 7). The strength and depth of the tennis is exceptional, and we wish the boys the best of luck at the National Finals. Further news tennis wise, the U13 and U15 boys and girls squads have all qualified for the knockout stages in September in their competitions and have their eyes firmly set on the Regional Round in October.