Prep Headmaster's Blog: Creative learners are curious, disciplined, resilient, collaborative and imaginative

I am sat at my desk this morning reflecting upon a quite stunning Christmas Cracker concert last night in the Roed Hall. Those of us that were fortunate enough to be there will agree with me when I say how superb the evening was. The diversity, talent and sheer enjoyment was a joy to behold. Whether it was the Steel Bands (including our very talented mums!), the orchestras, the Jazz Band, the recorder groups, the choirs or the ensembles we were treated to a real showcase of FPS talent at it’s very best.

I must praise the children’s dedication and commitment, as well as the staff’s! However, the one thing that stood out in my mind, as I joined the dad’s with my tambourine for the finale, was the pure level of enjoyment and fun everyone was having. It is being said a lot that schools are stifling creativity at a time when it is needed the most. Creative learners are curious, disciplined, resilient, collaborative and imaginative. We certainly celebrate creativity at Felsted and last night was, in my opinion, a celebration of that very fact.

This will follow on in the next couple of weeks with the Year 3 and 4 Play, our Stewart House Nativities and the Carol Service – exciting times ahead.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of last weekend's wonderful Christmas Fair. My thanks also to Lisa Campbell and her amazing team in masterminding such a fabulous afternoon.
This morning we have had the School Photography Company into school taking our sports teams photos for this year. It is at this point, I would like to thank Mrs Gill Stringer, who has taken our photos for the last 14 years – she will have captured a lot of memories for a whole host of Prep School children, but has now retired from this role, due to her commitments in the Senior School Geography department. The new photos will be available in due course and details will follow. We are also looking to reintroduce individual photos which will be taken in the Summer Term.

As Exeat draws upon us, I wish everyone a relaxing weekend. I visited Mrs Gill Brown this week who, you will all know, is receiving treatment for breast cancer at the moment. She was in great spirits and sends her thanks for all the best wishes she has received. I would like to wish all the Year 6 pupils the very best for their assessments next week – all we ask is that you do your best – you will be great!

Have a restful weekend and some quality family time together.

Simon James 


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