Prep Headmaster's Blog: ‘Do the little things, the small things you’ve seen me doing.’

My assembly last week focused on two things which I thought I would share with you. The first was the fact that Monday was St David’s Day-very timely after the Welsh Men’s rugby team’s victory last Saturday! Very little is known for certain about St David. He was born around 500 AD and according to tradition, he lived to the age of about 100! Apparently, he had a dramatic start in life: it is recorded that was born on top of a cliff during a storm!

He became well-known as a preacher and teacher, wandering around Wales telling people about Christianity, devoting himself to helping people and setting up monasteries. It is said that he was the leader of a revival of the Christian faith in Wales during the sixth century.

It is recorded that St David occasionally performed miracles too. His most famous miracle occurred when he was speaking to a large crowd and the people at the back complained that they couldn’t see him or hear him. According to the story, the ground on which he stood suddenly rose up to form a small hill so that everyone had a good view. On his deathbed, St David uttered the words, ‘Do the little things, the small things you’ve seen me doing.’ These words are often repeated in Wales on St David’s Day. Sometimes, we can become so caught up in the big things in life, that we can often forget about doing the little things. Are there little things that we should be doing more of.. – caring for someone, saying sorry, being kind, encouraging someone? It is often the little things that we do in life that can make the biggest difference.

With this in mind, I would like to bring to your attention an initiative that I hope you will support further. In January 2021, as a school, we joined One Tribe Global! 

As a global community, we want to do everything we can to help preserve our rainforests and protect our planet. By working with this project our commitment as a school is:

With every individual admissions registration, we will donate a monetary percentage that equates to protecting 500 trees in the Amazon rainforest. 

With every long haul overseas pupil trip, a monetary percentage will be donated to offset our carbon footprint (mostly Senior School trips)

At present we have saved 19,244 trees-you can see the counter by clicking here to view our website and find out more.

Amongst other things, the project hopes to combat and/or support the following facts:

  • One Football field of rainforest is lost every second of every day due to deforestation
  • Deforestation releases as much carbon as the entire global transportation sector each year.
  • Nearly 70,000 acres of tropical rainforest are lost every day
  • The majority of the world’s plants and animals are found in rainforests

Take care

Simon James


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