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And then it snowed...

posted 25 Jan 2021, 04:51 by James Wilding

 
As the provider of news for the 'Hub' pages, it seemed most sensible to post one of the Gnome and Igloo that found there way into Sir's back garden over the weekend.
I hope you had as much fun as my home did in the snow!

Friday 22 January 2021 - Traffic Duty returns at Claires Court Senior Boys

posted 22 Jan 2021, 08:15 by James Wilding

 
With a huge volume of SB pupils now back on site (10), the resulting traffic on the Ray Mill Road East site provided Mr Wilding with an opportunity to wear his Hi-Vis jacket and step out into the Yard. We have room for 330 more boys when the government permits their return!!!

The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children

posted 18 Jan 2021, 06:20 by James Wilding   [ updated 18 Jan 2021, 06:20 ]

A Friday share from our librarian Mrs Copeman is the wonderful "The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children" was created during the first lockdown and is free to access. https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/

Sam MacGregor host 'Life Hacks' on Radio 1 on 27 December 2020

posted 11 Jan 2021, 13:22 by James Wilding



Sam MacGregor and Danni Diston BBC Radio 1 


Sunday 27 December“Life Hacks” show  with 2 hours of solid music and #lifehacks
@sam_macgregor tweeted "@BBCR1 - debut complete - what a truly wild experience from start to finish - an incredible privilege to fulfill a life long dream alongside my best mate @dannidddd
Fisted hand


Glowing star



And so this is Christmas...

posted 14 Dec 2020, 05:37 by James Wilding

Over the next 3 days, we will post our various links into the services and events that bring our school term to an end.
Junior Boys
Junior Girls
Senior Boys
Senior Girls
Sixth Form
In the meantime, please enjoy once more Head of Boys' Art, Frances Ackland Snow's Fairytale, 'The Girl with No Voice'.

The fairytale is a universal story about a little girl finding her true self, overcoming adversity and facing her fears. I wrote and illustrated the tale for young people and for their therapists , teachers, parents, and any emotionally available adult to help the young people to discuss difficult emotions and feelings safely through metaphor.

Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 11 December 2020

posted 7 Dec 2020, 05:41 by James Wilding

Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is always a great way to brighten up schools and offices over the festive period.

People are nervous this year, offices are sitting empty and some Year groups may not be in at school because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean your jumper has to stay consigned to the back of the wardrobe. 
£1 makes a donation to the Amazing People at Save the Children, and your efforts will brighten up the school for the day. 

England RFU show they know how to support each other and the wider community, but in ways that differ

posted 1 Dec 2020, 03:36 by James Wilding   [ updated 1 Dec 2020, 03:39 ]

England RFU Women show how to support, be different and in considerable style... Prior to the photo being taken, the players had decided whether they wished to show solidarity with the Black Lives matter movement by 'taking the knee' or standing tall. The effect of the St George's Cross, the lateral players kneeling, the vertical line standing was quite mesmeric. Once again, Sports healing effect shown to the world. Over recent years, it seems that arguments need to be 'won or lost', which for almost all circumstances leads to division and separation. Rugby as a sport sees those differences clearly, 2 sides against each other, each team being made of forwards or backs, and you either handle or kick. Whatever the choices, whatever the result, the players wish Rugby to be the winner. And in this case, it clearly was!

'Rise from the Rubble'

posted 23 Nov 2020, 01:18 by James Wilding

BEIRUT (Reuters) - She stands nearly three metres tall with her arm raised, the wind whipping the hair away from her scarred face, and a broken clock at her feet with the hands showing 6.08, the time that a blast ripped through Beirut port on the evening of Aug. 4.  

The huge blast, which levelled a swathe of Beirut and made some 300,000 residents homeless, has compounded Lebanon’s worst financial crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

The unnamed statue by Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer is made 

of broken glass and twisted materials that belonged to people’s homes before the explosion that killed 200 and injured 6,000, and symbolises the city’s hopes of rising from the rubble.Nazer believes in Lebanese resilience.  She says those affected by the blast who saw the 2.6-metre statue, temporarily displayed in front of the damaged port, drew strength and hope to carry on. 

She had already started on a female sculpture before the blast, but volunteered to help clean up destroyed houses and streets. At night, she would return to the sculpture, using the shards of glass and metal pieces she had collected.  

“I felt like Beirut was a woman...who despite what she suffered...is very strong,” she said. “If you look at the statue, one half has a leg standing, the hand looks surrendered, there is a scar on the face with the flying hair and the clock on this side, as if the explosion is still happening,” she told Reuters Television. 

Sam Street - our Football (soccer) scholar in North Carolina

posted 16 Nov 2020, 14:15 by James Wilding

Sam is studying at Mars Hill University in North Carolina studying for a Business Administration Degree, in his second (Sophomore) year. His mother Louise writes:
"Of course I would be delighted to share some action shots of Sam playing football in the States so he too can adourn your Wall of Fame! They are currently training and playing internal matches at the Uni as the season has been delayed until Jan 2021. Claires Court was a truly great school for Sam where he was nurtured on a personal level, challenged on an academic level and supported on both levels. He was so lucky to have a real select few teachers too who championed him throughout school and could always see his true potential."

Wear RED for REMEMBRANCE

posted 9 Nov 2020, 05:59 by James Wilding

Wednesday 11 November - All day - cost £1
Please wear RED to support the British Legion, Charity for the Armed Forces.

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