Mr Bolderow’s Blog 13.09.20

Next week is anti-bullying week and the Year 11 anti-bullying ambassadors who were trained jointly with Queen’s College pupils last year on the course offered by the Diana Award are leading the week. Their plans last year were cut short by lockdown but the team are still in place and working together.  It has been launched in this afternoon’s PSHE lesson and next week the boys will provide resources for each morning’s registration and will finish by leading the assembly on Teams next Friday afternoon.  They are an interesting bunch with a variety of talents and interests and what I am most pleased about is that the training brought together ten boys who knew each other, but weren’t necessarily friends, into an effective team.  I am very much looking forward to what they will be doing next week.  It starts with odd socks day on Monday 16th November in support of the anti-bullying alliance.  All boys are encouraged to wear odd socks and make a donation of £1 to the anti-bullying alliance.

Cyber-bullying and online safety was the focus of the talk Karl Hopwood delivered to the Year 7 earlier this week.  Karl is a regular speaker at the School and I am glad that we have been able to draw on his knowledge even though he could not visit in person.  I have picked up the theme of sensible use of online resources for my assembly this afternoon, focussing on the impact social media and the internet has on our ability to pay attention to other things and asking the question of what might have been lost with the growth of our online lives.

Finally, as we approach the Christmas concert and the Senior Play, which will take place online, I am also pleased to announce that casting has begun for the Staff Panto.  The popularity of this performance, and the size of the Drama studio meant that we had to disappoint a few boys.  This year, it will be recorded and shared with all boys on the final day of term.  I know that some staff are already lobbying for a larger role (and some for a smaller one) but as ever it will be fun way to end this challenging term.

With best wishes for the weekend,


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