Prep Headmaster’s Blog: Small actions can make a big difference

The end of a busy term is now upon us.  It all began back in January with the sudden news that we were not able to welcome back all pupils on site and Remote Learning was the order of the day again.  The last 3 week have shown the true spirit and endeavour of the whole Felsted Prep School community.  

Pupils and staff have been fantastic and, in fact, inspirational in the way they have returned.  This has, of course, had its challenges with a change of pace and the continuing worry about the virus.  However, the return to normal lessons, enjoying activities and being with friends have been a joy to behold.  The positivity that has pervaded the school has been a pleasure to see and we sincerely hope the summer term brings more of the same.

With this whole focus on the positive attitude everyone has shown this term, I reinforced this ideal in assembly.  St. Paul’s Cathedral was a marvel of its time in the seventeenth century.
I told the children about three workers who were involved in the building of St Paul’s. 

A writer decided to interview some of the workers because the construction of the magnificent cathedral was under the supervision of the noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren, so he thought it would be interesting to hear their thoughts. The writer chose three of them and asked them, ‘What are you doing?’
The first worker replied, ‘I’m cutting stone for ten shillings a day.’
The second answered, ‘I’m putting in ten hours a day on this job.’
However, the third said, ‘I’m helping Sir Christopher Wren to construct one of London’s greatest cathedrals.’
I asked the children what was different about the third worker?’

Of course, he had a much more positive attitude and that attitude can change anything.This worker saw the bigger picture. He knew that although the job that he was doing might appear insignificant to many, every little job was important in the great work of building the cathedral. Every little thing in which you are involved. Your small actions can make a big difference.

May I thank you again for all your support, your positive comments, and your encouragement during this term that has been both challenging and incredibly rewarding in equal measure!  Rest, recuperate and recharge over Easter.  Please continue to follow the Government Guidelines.  We look forward to seeing you all back for the summer term, where hopefully the sun will shine on all of us.

Simon James


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