Prep Headmaster’s Blog: The power of music

I would like to begin this final post of the half term by saying well done and thank you to every single member of the FPS community. To the pupils, I am very proud of your incredible engagement with remote learning, to the wonderful staff who have created fantastic lessons in the most testing of times for the pupils to enjoy and, of course, you as parents for your unwavering support and appreciation of what has been achieved.

Of course, we now wait with baited breath for the government’s ‘road map’ announcement on February 22nd.  There are hopes that schools are able to open in some capacity from March 8th and we will, of course, keep you informed of our plans and what we are able to do in due course.

In the meantime, I really do hope everyone (pupils, staff and parents) are able to enjoy some downtime over the coming week.  Someone asked me just yesterday what I was looking forward to about half term - my reply was minimal screen time, bracing family walks, strong coffee and croissants and to hopefully watch a bit of the Test match from India! What are your wishes?

My assembly for Prep School this week focussed on the power of music and how it influences our feelings, moods and behaviour.  It dawned on me that in normal times we would be preparing busily for the extravaganza that is ‘Swing into Spring’ at this time.  Music is a powerful medium and I shared a couple of clips from Mama Mia and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to illustrate the point.  Music takes us to places, brings back memories and lifts the spirits.  I am sure that music has played a role in everyone’s lockdown life whether it’s kitchen discos, enjoying the Masked Singer or just singing along to the radio!

All that is left for me to say is, please enjoy the week’s break, get some fresh air but most importantly stay safe.  There is light at the end of the tunnel and we must all play our part in bringing it closer as soon as it is safely possible.

Take care

Simon James



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