Prep Headmaster's Blog: Grasping Opportunities

I would like to start by welcoming everyone back to school and an extra special welcome to all of our new pupils and families. It has been a truly wonderful week and summer seems to have reappeared!  I think there are some exhausted children and staff which means that everyone has had a very fulfilling, if a little hot, start to the school year.

Thank you for all your lovely words of support and thanks - they are very much appreciated.  I am also grateful to everyone for following all of our routines, including drop off / pick up times and the arrangements for the testing of our older pupils. We continue to work very hard as a school to keep everyone safe and I do encourage you to follow continuing guidance at home, including regular hand washing.

Tutors and class teachers have been very impressed with how all the children have settled into the new academic year.  As I always say, they are your first point of contact for any concerns or questions you may have. Communication between home and school is a vital component in making things work for everyone.

My first assembly of the school year - the first face-to-face one for the whole school in 18 months (!) was a joy.  To have the whole community together was quite emotional.  I chose to focus on the year ahead and the importance of ‘grasping opportunities’. I showed the children a number of bridges, ranging from Tower Bridge in London to the Hussaini Hanging bridge in Pakistan.  I challenged them to think about how they would feel crossing each of the bridges - some a little more treacherous or exhilarating than others.  The purpose of this was to focus their minds on the year ahead - to consider the opportunities and challenges ahead.  Just like the bridges I showed them, some opportunities are very inviting and exciting whilst others may leave us feeling a little unsure.  Nevertheless, no matter how we feel, crossing the bridge is important to reach the other side and experience all the things that are in store for us there. Our job as staff is to support that crossing in whatever capacity to enable each and every child to flourish at Felsted Prep.

Here’s to a happy and prosperous year.

Simon James


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