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Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 12

Music assembly this morning demonstrated (as well as any on-line event can) just how strong and diverse a range of talents we have at Senior Boys. In recent weeks, it's been excellent to hear singing and music making bring our early mornings back to life, and we can only hope as the vaccine roll-out continues that our school life can really return to some 'congregational' normality. It's only when we are in the same space that the emotional strength we have available can truly be shared. We were entertained with Green Day, classical, Mack the knife, a 3 kings 'hoot' and all that Jazz on show - it's a great Christmas stocking filler for our Assembly show reel.

Following the Government's decision to implement Plan B, it looks as though the wider society is to be constrained by the impositions required by RBWM and Public Health we have had in place since half-term. Please do keep up with the lateral flow testing for the last week of term, and you will receive an update for our January return from Mr Spanswick next week.

School grade cards (B7,8,10) and reports (B9) will be available on the Reports' email and portal by end Thursday 16 December. Whilst our school staff are in attendance on Friday 17 December, they are fully committed to our professional development programme on this day, involving all of our academic staff across the three sites.

The Rugby season looks like closing on a high with both the 1st XV and the U15 sides reaching their respective County Cup finals, to be played in the afternoon, at our home ground, Maidenhead Rugby Club, U15 followed by 1st XV.

And... the Sculling season has also ended on a high; here's Head of Rowing, Alex Richardson "On Saturday we had Hampton head which is probably the biggest school sculling race in the country for this school term (other than GB trials) with good competition from all over the country. The pièce de résistance of the day was Hannah who came away with the win in Junior womens 1x - Making History for Claires Court! On the boys side we had Harry and Max come 6th and 7th respectively in a very competitive field; both beating 2 GB trialists.  Year 11 girls and boys ticked off a second ever race in 1x’s so have come away with doubled experience and continuing the sharp upwards trajectory that comes with that.  On Sunday, we took two boys to the GB training day to join 25 of the top rowers in the country and got the opportunity to row in boats with athletes from different clubs, along with gaining exposure to the standard which they aspire to be at. And training in the same place as all the GB Olympic team was very cool!"

And finally on Thursday, we say farewell to our amazing Head of Design Technology, Mr Aris Spyrou who is choosing now to retire. Legions of boys have much to thank Mr Spyrou for, not least for establishing A level Technology so well, and for keeping the 'craft skills' we value so much to the fore. Mr Boulton takes over as Head of Design, Technology and ICT from January, with Mr Daniel Hoyle, currently Head of D&T at St George's Weybridge taking over Mr Spyrou's classes in the workshop. 

With all the best for the weekend.

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