School Newsletter: Waddesdon Voice

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10).

One of the reasons why the students chose this verse for our school was because they wanted to acknowledge that life can be difficult and messy as well as exciting and rewarding. To live life, in all its fullness, requires us to recognise the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of our well-being.

The challenges that we have all faced over the past few months have brought home how much we depend on each other, on our inner reserves and on those things to which we turn for succour and support.

I hope, as you read this edition of the Voice, that the articles, stories and examples remind you that life continues to offer fullness, albeit in a new context,
and also that the students’ creativity and contributions to society are a clear sign of hope for the future.”

– Mr Abbott, Headteacher

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“When we were discussing ideas for this newsletter, we talked about how important it is to look at the world from a different perspective to the one we usually take. Or to use the famous line from To Kill a Mockingbird, acknowledging that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view… until you climb in their skin and walk around in it.”

Louis’ article on page 3 explores this idea, as do the different extracurricular activities featured throughout and Hannah’s moving piece of creative writing on page 16.”

– Mr Abbott, Headteacher

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“Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Jonathan Bryan. Three young people who, through their beliefs and actions, have played their part in changing the world.

I hadn’t heard of Jonathan Bryan until Miss McIver introduced his story to the school at one of our daily assemblies. Born with severe cerebral palsy, Jonathan learnt to communicate by directing his eyes towards an alphabet board. His book ‘Eye Can Write’ is a remarkable and personal account of how he has learnt to break free from the confines into which he was born. It is also a fantastic Christmas present or stocking filler if you’re still looking for inspiration!

This edition of the Voice is a celebration and recognition of the ways in which young people can be active agents, not only in their own lives, but in the lives of others. Just like Greta, Malala and Jonathan.”

– Mr Abbott, Headteacher

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What does faith mean to you? Perhaps you have faith in yourself, faith in others, or in God. Perhaps you have taken a leap of faith recently, or perhaps you wonder what faith has to do with your life at all.

Among the usual articles of celebration and reflection in this edition of The Voice, you will find some which relate directly to the question of faith. Opposite is a thought-provoking debate between Oli and Josh which I would encourage you to read. Be warned, however, as you may not agree with them!

At this time of year, we say ‘goodbye’ to some cherished colleagues and, as ever, our students move onto new ventures and exciting opportunities. We wish them all well, with the hope and faith that they will take the Waddesdon Way with them, embodying our values of dignity and respect as they continue to flourish.

– Mr Abbott, Headteacher

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“Welcome to our March edition of the Waddesdon Voice. As ever, the magazine showcases the richness and rewards that come from engaging in a range of experiences and from working with others.

I am particularly grateful to the students who have contributed articles about mental health and well-being. You will see that this is a theme which runs through this edition. Learning how to develop as rounded individuals who care for each other, as well as caring for ourselves, is one of the prime purposes of education. Do make sure that you read Oli’s thought-provoking article at the end of the magazine.”

– Mr Abbott, Headteacher

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“Welcome to this term’s Voice which is another celebration of Waddesdon students’ engagement with, and reflections on, life in all its fullness. It demonstrates the rich lessons that come from grasping opportunities, getting involved and pushing yourself.

In the summer we said goodbye to Janet Bayly, who served as our school chaplain for 10 years. We are delighted that she will continue to join us for a Holy Communion and also welcome Phil White as our new chaplain. You can get to know him on page 4.

Finally, I would like to encourage all of our students to express their views by contributing to next term’s magazine. The new creative team behind this brilliant edition of the Voice are Mr Peck, Mr Kanachowski and Mr Scrivener.”

– Mr Abbott, Headteacher

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