Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 3
Well, after a full second week of ‘full-on’ school, it is pretty obvious that the world of education, pastoral care and welfare is back to its usual full-on, flat out stage. As with our Year 8 evening last week, it was indeed wonderful to welcome Year 9 parents and boys back into school on Wednesday evening, to meet in person, converse and settle into the real landscape of our buildings and facilities.
Perhaps even more importantly, we were able to celebrate in person the achievements of last year's incoming scholars, learners of the year, and GCSE and A level top achievers at a unique tea party for some 180 parents and children at Lillibrooke Manor on Tuesday. The photo below best represents the Senior School achievements of last year, with leading students Hannah S and Owen M picking up the award they shared as being our Top A level students, as well as for Hannah the Sword of Honour and for Owen the ISA Lexden award nomination.
With so many achievements ongoing this week, I would like to highlight many more, but for Murray W to win his first European tour event at U12 doubles, become a TennisFirst guarantee because of the promise he is showing and finishing off with selection to represent Scotland U12 in the 4 Nations event in Corby later next week.
One of the positive, yet unintended consequences of the #lockdowns is that students can now more readily 'miss' school so to speak, yet be able to stay engaged and keep up with their studies. We have some actors out there earning their crust too, and the CCHub is proving to be the lifeline once more.
You will see in the local newspaper yesterday that the school's planning application to increase its usable playing fields has been celebrated as a positive gain for the community; I feel sure parents will wish to read and support our application to further develop our facilities, and you can do so by logging on to the RBWM Planning portal here and look for application number 21/02500/FULL - Change of use of the existing agricultural field to sports pitches under use class F1a.
Hats off to Mr Miller and the year 7 team for making last Friday's trip to Cliveden such a remarkable celebration of young boys and girls working together throughout the day. I was lucky enough to be able to serve as the Graveyard historian, relating the stories of the young men and women laid to rest there during WW1.
And finally, we welcomed our first and second cohort of Year 6 boys into school last Friday (Drama, Art, PE and Science) and this Tuesday, paddling with our outdoor education team on Boulter's Island in the morning and making boats in the Technology workshop in the afternoon. In just two days we have introduced 40 children to hands-on learning at its very best, and they are already excited about the opportunities ahead for September 2022.