Mr Bolderow’s Blog Week 1

24th April 20

Dear Parents,

I hope that, at the end of this first week back, this newsletter finds you and your family well.  The boys have made a great start to the term and I hope that they have settled back into their work. As we all get used to the challenges of balancing work and day-to-day life in our homes, it is perhaps our boys who have proved the most adaptable of us all!

The School has made some changes to the remote learning which went on in the two weeks before the Easter break as a result of the boys’ survey and the feedback we received from you. I am particularly pleased that co-curricular activities are on offer as during this period of self-isolation, it is important that the boys take a break from their school work, practise other skills or learn something new. The boys have been asked to choose at least one co-curricular activity, whether it be photography, Duolingo or baking and to document their progress on class notes. Please encourage your sons to get involved with these and the inter-Trib competitions that are taking place.

Following some work on my broadband, assembly will be broadcast on YouTube at 3.15pm today through the Wetherby Senior School channel (where you will also find the end of Spring Term assembly and the video some of the staff made at the beginning of the Easter break).  If you wish to join us the link you need is:

https://youtu.be/JKX5WlmpM5c

I am looking forward to speaking to the boys later and I hope you all stay well.

With best wishes, Seth

 


Mr Bolderow’s End of Term Blog

3rd April 20

Dear Parents,

I hope you and your families are safe and well. The events of this past week have been both challenging and rewarding for me as I am sure they have been for you and your families. The challenges included planning our last assembly which I wanted all of our boys to be a part of, but connectivity issues meant this has now moved to YouTube!  Being at home with a young family gives me a chance to reconnect while juggling work and makes me realise the importance of balance! Perhaps the most rewarding thing of the past week was the “Clap for Carers” which was an emotional outpouring of thanks for our wonderful carers in the NHS – an event which put our own problems in perspective.

The boys are to be congratulated on their good humoured approach to remote learning. There have been some hiccups in adapting to the new technology, but the boys have approached it in a positive and diligent way. My heartfelt thanks also go to our teaching staff who have shown their customary diligence and dedication in delivering their high quality teaching to the boys. I firmly believe that all the elements of our value wheel have been displayed across our community during these past few weeks.

Congratulations also to some of our Year 13 boys who have received numerous offers for places at prestigious American Universities including Jack C at Wake Forest, Edouard G at Chicago, and Bennett D who has the choice of four colleges, Notre Dame, Vermont, San Diego and Wisconsin-Madison.  Vadim M received an incredible nine offers including UCLA, Virginia and McGill and finally Sean M, our Head Boy, is fielding offers from Haverford, Weslyan and Emory. These are significant achievements as many of these colleges have very low acceptance rates with only 2% of applicants admitted. I am delighted that our pioneer’s hard work throughout their time at Wetherby Senior has been recognised by universities here in the UK, in Europe and further afield.

Many thanks to the Barometer team for their fantastic work throughout this term where, under the guidance of Ms Bradley, they have ensured that we continue to produce this student-led publication even in the most difficult of circumstances. This is truly something we are all proud of.

We are in exceptional and unprecedented times. Notwithstanding this, we hope that you and your families are safe and well and can enjoy some downtime and rest from devices over the coming weeks. Rest assured, I would like nothing more than to welcome all of the boys back to school in person after the Easter holidays but I think we must try to adapt to our new circumstances as they arise.

With best wishes, Seth



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