Yesterday we had our annual sports day and we had an amazing turn out and support from parents/carers, family and friends. It is lovely to be able to celebrate so many successes and the progress of the boys with everyone. The races went well and the boys achieved a huge number of points for the teams. The new theatre saw an amazing Art exhibition from staff and boys and the Literacy Sculptures made by each of the classes were a great touch in the grounds.
Tomorrow is our sports day and we are getting ready now. The weather is looking good and we will have a range of stalls from bric-a-brac, enterprise and plants to cakes so make sure you bring some cash and suncream!
There will be a range of races, a few new twists and of course our fabulous lunch and cream teas. We are looking forward to seeing all the parents, carers, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers and sending the boys home on a real positive after what is always a fabulous day. More to come later.
Wilds Lodge had their annual trip to Hunstanton Beach last week. This year the trip had a bit of a twist in that we had arranged a huge beach clean as part of our Eco Schools initiative. Staff, students and members of the local community all took part to pick up rubbish on the beach front and stop it from entering our oceans. It was a huge success and a real eye opener for all involved. We finished the day with fish & chips, ice creams and time in the arcades!
Today we all went to Hunstanton as our annual school trip. We were also able to combine this with a beach plastic and litter clear to help the community. This was a really good way to teach lessons on plastic, why it causes problems and the need to think about the environment more and live in a more sustainable way. The boys and staff volunteered to pick up litter and then this was sent to be recycled. Whilst we were at Hunstanton we also had fish and chips on the green and then spent some time playing golf, in the arcades and then finished off at the fairground before returning home. What a lovely day.
This week we are thinking about our own mental health and ways in which we can improve it. We have a range of classes from meditation, art, yoga, High Intensity Training to clubercise. These will all be taking place in the theatre every last lesson through the week. At the end of the week the whole school will be visiting Hunstanton and undertaking a beach clean up. On Friday there is an inter-form rounders to finish of the week.
Wilds Lodge School's Eco Committee will be hosting a beach clean at Hunstanton this year, as part of our annual school trip.
Today we held our assembly to say goodbye to the Year 11 boys. Emma, Carol, Marc, Ian and Steve spoke about the journey that the boys have made since they started and the young men that are leaving us for a new adventure. We are so proud of them.
Charlie summed it up well with the speech that he wrote and gave at the end.
'My time at Wilds Lodge is coming to an end. I've had my ups and downs throughout the years and they have lead me to this very moment. I just want to commemorate them by saying a few thank you's:
Firstly Dylan, Reuben, Connor, Henry, Zubair and George. You guys have been as good as brothers to me. We have had great times together whether it be walking up those treacherous mountains, or sitting around in a classroom. I am honoured to call you my friends and I wish you all of the luck in the years to come.
This particular person hasn't failed to make me laugh once this year. Striding around doing his impressions of me, that person is Paul. You are a very comical person Paul but I have learnt how much of a caring person you are as well.
Stephen M, you are one of the wisest and widest people I have met. You have taught me to see an obstacle from all perspectives. It may not seem it but when you take me aside and just talk at me I do listen to your words, I used to think you don't know what you're on about and think be quiet, shut up, but now I reckon you are one of the most down to earth people. Please carry on helping others how you helped me because everyone needs to hear what you have to say.
Simon, you were a pain in my backside when I joined Rock Lodge. Telling me not to do stuff and trying to speak to me about my issues. Eventually I opened up to you and I found that you were a really good support. Apart from that all you're good for is cooking!
Alice, you have helped me with my problems whether they were big or small. These past two years you have helped me no matter what, through all of the angst you have given me positive energy and cheer. Stepping up to the plate as the D of E Silver Coordinator really meant a lot to me as I would like that award under my belt . You are an amazing person. Thank you!
Josh. You have been a remarkable mentor and friend. I remember a few years ago when you first joined the school and I hated your guts. After an issue one day you sat me down and talked for a while. Then i saw the real side to you and wanted/aspire to be like you one day. Then those few years went by and you have stuck by me fighting my corner. Thank you Josh, you are a great man.
Mr and Mrs Lee ,with out you I wouldn't be standing here giving this speech today. Your hospitality is paramount. I thank you for giving me a second chance at life making me the person I am today
Okay I'm going to wrap this up by saying one last thank you and it is aimed to everyone here at Wilds Lodge. Thank you for being a heartwarming family and home.These six years have made me realise how lucky I was to have something that makes saying goodbye hard.
Today is the day that we hold our celebration assembly to say goodbye to our Year 11. They have done so well and we wish them every success in the future. Some of the boys will be going to college, others to the Post-16, apprenticeship or employment. We wish them every success in the future.
We were thrilled to be shortlisted for two awards at the TES awards again this year. Unfortunately we did not win the Healthy Schools or Creative Schools award but it was fantastic achievement to be nominated.
Wilds Lodge celebrated World Book Day in the snow last week!