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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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  • Remembering

    On Monday this week, we held two Acts of Remembrance, one in school and one in Radnor Gardens with the staff and pupils from St Catherine’s School.  In my closing remarks, I shared my thoughts about what I try to remember each year during the two minutes’ silence, because...
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  • The Value of Reputation

    Whether it is true or not is open to interpretation, like so much nowadays, but I like the story of the Chinese proverb that turns out to be a curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.’  One of the reasons I have stayed in the teaching profession for so many years is that no two da...
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  • Free from Distractions

    You may not be surprised to know that I am looking forward to the half term holiday.  On an obvious level, it means time away from work to relax and recharge the batteries.  We are heading to France for a few days as part of our ongoing quest to declutter our property in London by clutteri...
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  • Crisis, What Crisis?

    Our Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP) event this week was a well-attended and well-received round table debate about climate change.  I have always advocated attendance at any talks or presentations by visiting speakers, and I try my best to encourage colleagues to take pupils to events outsi...
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  • Sporting Reflections

    Last Friday evening, we invited parents to see the new pavilion at Teddington Cricket Club and to learn more about our plans for the future.  There is no doubt this excellent new facility will create many opportunities for our pupils to develop their skills and to learn more about why playing s...
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  • Fundamental British Values

    In my experience of school leadership, the best Secretaries of State for Education are the ones who don’t actually do very much, simply because too much change causes too many problems. If I were to ask you to name the last ten people to hold the office, how many could you remember? Charles Cl...
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  • The Art of Captaincy

    I had been meaning to read Mike Brearley’s book about his experiences captaining the England cricket team in the 1970s and 1980s for some time, because I had heard great things about the insight he showed into man management and getting out of tricky situations, which strikes me as pretty much...
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  • Reading for Pleasure

    The more complicated the world seems to become – even if in reality it is no worse today than it has been for hundreds of years – the simpler I find myself trying to make things. For example, I think I have made genuine progress with my educational philosophy in recent months, reducing a...
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  • Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

    Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ was one of the set works I studied nearly forty years ago for my O Level English Literature exam, when one of the first things we were taught was that the correct line is ‘nor any drop to drink’ rather than ‘and not a drop...
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  • Head's Address - Prize Giving 2019

    In a couple of weeks, the world will mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, when Neil Armstrong stepped from the lunar module and uttered the immortal words, ‘This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ Immortal, yes, and also non-sensical, because man and...
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  • Don’t Forget to Stop and Smell the Roses

    A couple of nights staying with my mother last weekend allowed the opportunity to draw breath and think about the last two or three weeks of term, not least the address I will give at our prize giving event. I’ve known for some time about the gist of my message, helped in no small part by the...
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  • Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

    Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ was one of the set works I studied nearly forty years ago for my O Level English Literature exam, when one of the first things we were taught was that the correct line is ‘nor any drop to drink’ rather than ‘and not a drop...
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