Headteacher’s News – 2018 02 23

It has been another very full week at The Windsor Boys’ School, which typifies our vision of providing a fully rounded education, full of academic aspiration and character-building opportunities.  Preparations for our second year 11 mock exams are well underway with all subjects preparing and developing the boys’ ability to excel in their GCSEs. Mocks start on Monday and run all week, and the students will have between two and three exams a day, which is reflective of the new GCSEs that are less coursework-based and more final-exam based.  Please encourage them this weekend to be sensible, revise well and be prepared for Monday morning.

This week’s newsletter is full of sporting achievements, but please read the item about all the activities of the boat club, which is now in full swing.  It is pleasing to see so many novice rowers experiencing their first taste of competition.  I’d like us all to appreciate how much effort, time and planning goes into each event: thank you to Mr Wilkinson and his team of coaches, and the small army of parents whose support is impressive and so essential.

I’d like to draw your attention to our talented individual athletes who are achieving success in their respective fields at regional and national level: Moritz Hoogers and Shay Race compete next week in the National Junior Swimming Championships, which is a major achievement; Luke Austen and Ben Austen are in a European Judo competition next week and in the British Schools Judo Championships two weeks after that. They are both very talented. And Luke Weston continues to have tremendous success with badminton at all levels. They are an inspiration to us all.  They have our support and very best wishes.

We welcomed back our intrepid skiers who have spent a fabulous week over half term in New Hampshire, learning to ski or developing their expertise.  It is the first trip like this for many years and has gone so well I am sure it won’t be the last.  And this week we waved goodbye to our A level geography students who are visiting Iceland to undertake a university standard field trip for their A level course.  As you know, we wholeheartedly believe in the value of educational trips and visits, and these two were of very high quality.

And also this week, as you probably know, we had a visit from Gavin McKenna who gave a very very hard-hitting presentation on gangs, with a powerful message or warning to anyone thinking that getting involved with a gang or drugs activity might be a good or exciting thing.  He is a former gang member himself who got into some very dark and difficult situations.  Now he is dedicated to educating and counteracting gang culture so that others don’t have to go through what he and his family did.  It was a remarkable presentation with a very bold, cautionary and preventative approach.

Next week we are marking World Book Day (1st March) with visits from not one but two world class authors: Curtis Jobling and Taran Matharu. Click here for further details.  In the recent past we have had some amazing authors visit this school and really inspire the boys to keep up their good reading habits.  I am really looking forward to them presenting to year 9 and 10 next week.

Have a good weekend.

Gavin Henderson