Prep Headmaster's Blog: ‘Having Courage’

Given the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings this week, our focus in assembly was about having courage. I asked the children firstly what they thought of when the word courage is mentioned…. 

The word conjured up images of troops fighting, refugees struggling to survive and those battling illness. Maybe, as you read this, courage conjures up something different for you; something in our own lives that requires courage right now.

As we discussed this, my mind wondered back to the London 2012 Olympics/Paralympics, where plenty of courage was displayed. A commemorative £5 coin was produced which featured the Olympic rings. The coin represented the courage and national spirit that the athletes would draw on as they prepared for and took part in their respective Games. There was also a quotation from Dame Anita Roddick, the famous British businesswoman and environmentalist campaigner.

It stated, ‘Be daring, be first, be different, be just’

This quotation was chosen because it highlights the courage and qualities that are needed to be successful in all aspects of life. It is never more apt as we reflect this week upon those heroic figures of 75 years ago.

The first week back has been action-packed across the Prep School. The year 7 and 8’s have worked incredibly hard in finishing off their end of year assessments, the Year 5 and 6 play rehearsals for ‘Mary Poppins’ are in full flow ready for their performances and we had a whole host of wonderful cricket and tennis matches too! Also this week, our fantastic swimmers are at the National IAPS Swimming Championships at the London Aquatic Centre and we are hosting our annual Cricket festival – just your average weekend programme!

I would like to finally draw your attention to the League sponsored walk for Volunteer Uganda that we are hosting on Friday 14 June. The pupils will be (hopefully) walking the distance the children in Uganda walk each day to school and back.

Having visited Nayakbungo Primary School myself last summer and seen the fantastic work Volunteer Uganda do to support this community, I hope we will all get behind the event in a true Felstedian way!

Have a good week

Simon James