Prep Headmaster's Blog: A problem shared is a problem halved

Last week’s focus in our assembly thoughts had been on Unity – what it meant and how we, as a school, show this great trait on a daily basis. So it was to my amusement and slight delight that the following clip appeared on the internet, going viral over a matter of days. It shows a Chinese Principal teaching his pupils a dance routine he had devised to try and encourage more exercise; steering them away from their screen. Now, I feel our fitness levels amongst the pupil body here at FPS are excellent , however, what the clip does show is great unity, co-ordination and synchronisation. I hope you enjoy watching it, if you haven’t seen it already! We may work on our own routine!

We moved on in our assembly discussions to talk about asking for help when faced with an apparently unsolvable problem - whether in maths or life in general! We discussed the idea that a problem shared is a problem halved before setting all the older pupils a series of visual problems for them to try and work out collaboratively - it was great fun! The link to these online problems is here if anyone wants to have a go themselves – if you’re unsure, don’t forget to ask for help! 

Earlier in the week, a number of year groups were treated to some science presentations, given by the Colchester Zoo Education Department – I would like to thank them profusely for the very informative talks which certainly inspired our pupils. The Young Voices Choir are busy rehearsing for their visit to the O2 next week and it was fabulous to see so many children representing the school at Hockey and netball on Wednesday.  It was also great to chat with our Pupil Council this week about food provision with Katie, our Catering Manager, and Mark, our Head Chef.  The pupils were all very positive and it was a fruitful discussion.  The next stage is to now invite the parents in, who have indicated an interest, to begin our FPS food forum.

Please enjoy a restful Exeat with some quality family time ready for the run into Half Term.

Simon James


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