Prep Headmaster's Blog: ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’

I hope everyone enjoyed a restful Exeat last weekend and recharged batteries ready for the incredibly busy Christmas run-in!

Our Prep School assembly focus this week was on the question of whether, as a society, we spend too much energy comparing ourselves with other people that we can miss out on the joy in life sometimes? Quite a philosophical thought but one which certainly provoked discussion amongst the pupils and staff. Human nature is to compare, but most of the time we are comparing with a false reality – this has obviously been exacerbated in recent times by the explosion of social media. Social media is of course a chance to share what we are doing with the world, but we choose a filter to make our lives look amazing, but this is of course where people can compare their behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlights reel. Theodore Roosevelt famously said ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’. He said ‘we can compare or we can be content. We can all decide whether we are going to chase after others, trying to keep pace, or find peace by being contented with what we already have and who we already are. We miss the gifts in our own lives when we are constantly looking at what others have’. 

Finally we discussed how, when we accept ourselves, the result is love and acceptance of other people – to stop comparing ourselves with false realities, learning to be grateful for who we are and what we have and know that we are great as we are!

Across both Stewart House and Ffrome Court, preparations have been in full swing for Nativities and the performances of ‘The Pirate of the Currybean’. As you would expect, excitement is at fever pitch and I am looking forward greatly to all of the shows! Good Luck everyone.

The week has seen lots of sport which is well documented later in the newsletter. Well done to everyone who played and thank you to all the staff for all their coaching and encouragement.

I would also like to take this opportunity to praise the Year 6’s this week for the very mature way in which they have approached their assessments. They all worked incredibly hard and should be very proud of their endeavours.

This weekend we are welcoming nearly 100 children for our Year 7 Entry assessment morning – a number of current pupils will be assisting with proceedings and making everyone feel welcome. It is also the Boarders’ Christmas Weekend with a Christmas Lunch, a Cinema outing, secret Santa and a pizza making workshop as part of the whole extravaganza. It promises to be great fun!
Looking ahead to next week, I am looking forward to welcoming any Dads to the Chequers on Friday between 6-7pm for a drink. There is also a gentle reminder of the Christmas Carol Service in Chapel next Sunday (9th December), again starting at 6pm.

Have a good week.

Simon James


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