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Head's Blog

Radnor House parents receive a Weekly Bulletin of news information, highlights of achievements and details of forthcoming events, as well as additional communications from other departments and individuals as necessary.

Our Head, Darryl Wideman, also writes a regular blog to share his thoughts about education and the world with a wider audience, which you can read below.

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  • The Hope of Easter

    There have been some very funny videos, pictures and suggestions doing the rounds this week, as we understandably attempt to use laughter to deal with the crisis we are facing.  I enjoyed the American dad doing the mathematical calculations about how most people now have enough toilet roll to l...
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  • Stepping off the Map

    The explorer and mountaineer George Mallory is reported to have used the phrase, ‘Gentlemen, we are stepping off the map’ when he first climbed to the higher reaches of Mount Everest in 1921 as part of an expedition to find a route to the top of the world.  Three years lat...
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  • Together is Better

    I did my best while walking round Sainsbury’s on Saturday to glare at people who might be panic-buying, occasionally doing very bad Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army impressions, saying ‘don’t panic, don’t panic’ slightly louder than I needed to. But it was all a bit...
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  • A Sense of Perspective

    It feels difficult at the moment to strike the right balance between a mature, sensible approach and the need to highlight the absurd in what is going on.  The spread of coronavirus and its obvious arrival on our doorstep are clearly issues that require focus and due gravitas.  The ch...
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  • True Colours

    My wife and I took advantage of the half term holiday and our new status as a two-person household to take a trip to Lisbon for a few days last week.  For the most part it was delightful, a perfect break after a busy few weeks, with some warm spring sunshine and the chance t...
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  • What's Next?

    I think the best television series ever made was Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing, with Martin Sheen playing US president Jed Bartlet, surrounded by a fiercely loyal team of advisers who were passionate about their work and the difference it could make to the American people.  Even...
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  • Past, Present and Future

    Ignoring all the excitement of an inspection week, because we are not allowed to discuss the process (ever) or the outcomes (for the time being), I’ll focus instead on the messages I have been sharing with the pupils this week in our assembly programme, in a series of slides I’ve called...
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  • Genuine Inspiration

    I mentioned last week that I had been to see a lecture from Sir John Jones at St Mary’s, which became a timely opportunity for me to renew my educational vows about what really matters in school amidst the stasis and torpor that the weekly wait for an inspector to...
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  • To Do or Not to Do, That Might Be the Question

    One of the initiatives introduced this term by our new Director of Sixth Form, Peter Nathan, is for the first two lessons of the day in the Sixth Form Common Room to be a silent supervised study time, with a view to developing a more effective work habit among the pupils.  There was a...
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  • The Past May Not Be A Foreign Country

    I said last week that I am currently teaching the social and economic history of the seventeenth century to my Lower Sixth class.  We spent last term looking at the various political and religious upheavals of the period, not least the execution of Charles I in 1649 as the culmination of the ye...
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  • Happy New Year

    ‘Did you have a good Christmas?’ is, of course, a perfectly valid question for people to ask at this time of year, but I’m guessing that almost all the replies turn out to be bland and superficial affirmatives that everything was fine and dandy, which is what we...
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  • It’s the Optimists Who Change the World

    By the time you read this, we will know the outcome of the General Election, but it simply isn’t possible in the final week of term to wait until the last morning to put together the latest news in a coherent piece of thought – if indeed that is ever what I do when I write...
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