We have much to celebrate at Windlesham

Each week at Windlesham the Deputy Head produces a ‘thought for the week’. The latest was:

“Celebrate the success of others as you would want others to Celebrate yours. What goes around comes around”

In Assembly on Monday I was able to launch into a series of notices to demonstrate our ability and need to celebrate success. The list was impressive:

• Our first three scholarships of this academic year.
• Our Senior Boys winning their first Rugby Sevens Tournament and our Hockey Team reaching the National I.A.P.S Finals for the first time ever.
• Our Senior Girls advancing into the latter stages of the County Championships.

All this makes me feel very proud and I am confident there will be more of the same in the coming weeks and months.

This is never the easiest time of the year given the weather conditions and the inevitable illness that occurs no matter what lengths anyone goes to, to prevent a sickness bug or the regular coughs and colds. Who would ever have predicted the impact that the Coronavirus has had on the world? Every boarding school in the country has had to be very alert. My heart goes out to those children whose half term plans have had to be torn up given the necessary quarantine regulations we have had to put in place.

On a personal note, I have to comment on my being awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the T.E.S. It means a great deal to me and I have been overwhelmed by the number of messages from past and present parents, alumni, colleagues and people who know me all over the world.
I close this blog with the statement that I asked to be posted on our website with a couple of amendments.

“I cannot hide my delight at winning this award especially as it was kept a secret and my family were there with me at the Awards Ceremony when it was announced.
As I said in my acceptance speech, Rachel deserves the recognition even more than I do, having been an extraordinary Headmaster’s wife every step of the way. We have been very well supported throughout this long journey by wonderful colleagues, incredibly hard-working and committed staff, very loyal and respectful parents and impressive governors.

Above all, it has always been a privilege to have educated such fabulous children at three remarkably happy and successful schools. I have to add, none more so than at Windlesham.”

Richard

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