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    Published 12/02/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim ... is to celebrate, Episode 17

    Happy New Year! Today, 12 February, is Chinese New Year’s Day and I am delighted to wish all who are celebrating today a Happy New Year! In Pilgrims’ Virtual School this week the boys have been learning about Chinese New Year and we were thrilled to watch a lovely short film made by our boys who celebrate it. The link to this film follows the PPA Chinese New Year report further down the newsletter. 

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    Published 05/02/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim … is to express yourself, Episode 16

    More than a calendar month in, this lockdown feels as if it has been quite long now. I want to pay tribute to our boys, parents and all the teachers for your effort, hard work, resilience, positivity and sheer determination to keep learning and teaching going and get our wonderful school through lockdown. Those of you parents who are medics and are working so hard to help all of us through this pandemic, thank you – thank you for your enormous care and dedication! 

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    Published 29/01/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim … is to grow, Episode 15

    Education is a right for all…

    Sunday, 24 January, was the United Nations International Day of Education.  Here at The Pilgrims’ School, every day is a day when we celebrate and strive for the highest standards education but Sunday and, specifically Monday when we marked the UN Day of Education as a whole school, were different. On Monday, we remembered that access to an education is a right for all children in the world in order to develop their personalities, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential. António Guterres, Secretary General of the UN, paid tribute to “the resilience of students, teachers and families in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic”. The pandemic is thought to have exacerbated the attainment gap between less and more affluent children as the former are more likely to be constrained by lack of access to technology, individual tutorship and stable learning environments. But on Monday, the UN Secretary General also reminded us that even before the pandemic a massive 258 million children and teenagers in the world did not have access to education - the majority of whom are girls. António Guterres encouraged all countries and economies to address this issue saying, “Education is the foundation for expanding opportunities, transforming economies, fighting intolerance, protecting our planet and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” It is not negotiable.

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    Published 22/01/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim … is to endeavour, Episode 14

    As an educator, one of the most important values to me is endeavour. It is an essential behaviour for any learner. I also think it is fitting for this weekend as we have now completed almost three weeks of The Virtual Pilgrims’ School in this lockdown. Well done, everyone! Boys, staff and parents have all endeavoured to keep exceptional learning happening all over our (virtual) school and to keep things as normal as possible in this challenging situation. 

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    Published 15/01/21, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim … is to be active, Episode 13

    Pilgrims’ is a busy place, whether now in lockdown or when we are altogether as usual at school. The Pilgrims have been active both in mind and in body over the last few weeks.

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  • From the Head

    Published 11/12/20, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim … is to prepare for Christmas and celebrate the end of term together! 

    Episode 11 

    Here is the last episode of To be a Pilgrim of 2020. We wanted to share the last few days of term. It is more of a visual record than a written record it has to be said, but I know you would want to see all these wonderful memories.

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    Published 04/12/20, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim … is to be prepared, 

    Episode 10 

    O come, O come, Emmanuel,
    And ransom captive Israel,
    That mourns in lonely exile here
    Until the Son of God appears.
    Rejoice! Rejoice!
    Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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    Published 27/11/20, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim … is to explore,

    Episode 9

    While the boys and staff have continued to show resilience (without a doubt), on Wednesday night this week a number of boys’ thoughts turned to something different: the night sky. It was a clear night with a bright moon and a few very, very bright stars, or so we thought. For many weeks we have had cloud but not this Wednesday. Clouds are not the astronomer’s friend, well unless you are a radio astronomer (we have kit but not that kind of kit - we don’t have a radio telescope!). Mr Hammond set up a telescope on the quad. “That’s Jupiter”, said one boy. “We saw Saturn’s rings last time”, replied another. Soon I was staring through the telescope at an incredible view of craters and the rugged texture of the moon. Wow, I haven’t done that for a few years (aka decades). Amazing! Our thoughts moved on to the moon landing on July 20, 1969. As you know, at 16:17 EDT Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon with its crew: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) and Michael Collins (command module pilot). I was a small child on holiday in the Lake District apparently staring up at the sky that night too. 

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    Published 20/11/20, by Angela Slater

    Resilience is a quality we really value at Pilgrims’ and over the last seven days the whole school community has come together and shown it in abundance for which I am, in equal measure, immensely proud and immensely grateful.

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    Published 06/11/20, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim …   is to be determined, Episode 6 

    As I know you are more than aware, yesterday England went into a second lockdown for four weeks. We at Pilgrims’ are very determined not to let this impact the might of our school. In the last two months, I have learnt that Pilgrims are very determined - both boys and adults. We have all enjoyed being back in school this term and the learning and progress taking place is so obvious to me as I go around the school on “learning walks” (dropping into lessons). The boys’ assessment cards at half term speak to all the progress made, and it is also evident in my conversations with them. The giggles of delight I hear every day on the Quad, Grid or Yard speak volumes of time well spent and friendships in action.

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  • From the Head

    Published 16/10/20, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim … is to be a good friend, Episode 5

    On Monday, in my Head’s assembly we talked about friendship. I hope that all boys in the School can be a friend to others in that they look out for and treat them as they would like to be treated themselves. Of course, having a best friend who you spend a lot of time with inside and out of school is different. Being a friend includes accepting others for who they are in good times or bad. Friends are honest - honest enough to tell you when you are not being a good friend yourself, and they are trustworthy. A friend encourages you to own up to your mistakes. Friends often have to be brave – brave enough to stand up for the other if someone else is unkind or hurting their feelings. And a friend may share something – a feeling or a problem – in order to help others understand. We will discuss more about friendship over the coming weeks. Well done to Rupert Bowyer (4M) and James Whiteley (8C) who won Head’s Show Ups this week for being very good friends!

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  • From the Head

    Published 09/10/20, by Angela Slater

    To be a Pilgrim ... is to celebrate Harvest together, Episode 4 

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