It has been wonderful visiting a number of lessons this week to enjoy the ‘buzz’ of learning that is now in full swing. It has also been a joy to get out on the touchline to watch some hockey and rugby, as well as getting to chat face to face with a number of you at a school event for the first time in a while! I am very grateful to all the staff for hosting our Parent coffee mornings this week in the Prep School. I hope these have proven to be invaluable and that they allowed you to hear from the Head’s of Phase and ask those all important questions you may have had. As ever, communication between home and school remains paramount - if unsure, please ask!
My Prep assembly this week focused on the adventure of life; considering all the opportunities that befall us at certain points. I showed the children some photos of people through life starting with babies through to those in the later stages of life. We discussed how none of us know exactly what will happen in the future, that we are all likely to have happy, sad, exciting and anxious times. No doubt we will all sometimes feel cross, angry, jealous or full of laughter. We then pondered our own journeys in life so far and the fact that the only way to go now is forwards. As we venture on we may feel like we don’t have the opportunity to do certain things where a door seems firmly shut with no way ahead, or we can’t see the path ahead of us. At other times, we might catch a glimpse of what is ahead and sometimes a door will seem to burst open for us and the way ahead may seem crystal clear.
I then used the wonderful and inspirational example of Emma Raducanu, the new US Open Tennis Champion. Three weeks ago she began the tournament as a rank outsider, but ever so gradually that door of opportunity began to slowly open. It culminated in her being crowned the champion as that door burst open in amazing style. My message is simply that if we want to make the most of our lives, we need to step ahead, through the doorway and into new and exciting things on the other side.
Let’s hope that is there for every pupil here this year.