Prep Headmaster’s Blog: ‘Things don’t have to change the world to be important’

As part of our ongoing ‘school values’ assembly theme, we recently looked at that of ‘Inspiration’. 

As a school we:

  • Challenge ourselves to reach our full potential
  • Work hard and are determined and resilient to reach our goals
  • Strive for and value personal achievement and team success
  • Make a difference

I challenged the children to think about a time when they had made a difference to someone’s life…. No matter how large or small. As Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, said, ‘Things don’t have to change the world to be important’. All this can inspire others to do the same like a chain reaction. We then talked about what an inspirational week it had been in the world of running, in particular. I shared the moment Dina Asher-Smith won World Championship gold last week, becoming the first British woman to win a sprint Gold. 

All this after she had achieved straight A’s at A level and a History degree from King’s College, London all by the age of 23! Then there was Eliud Kipchoge’s incredible sub 2 hour marathon in Vienna. An amazing achievement to rank with the greatest in history - wonderfully inspiring moments to watch and share.

This certainly inspired our U13 Girls' hockey team as they qualified for the National finals in November after a sterling set of performances at Cambridge.


However, one thing that has recently dominated and inspired everyone across the Prep School has, of course, been League Music. The enthusiasm, endeavour and sheer excitement has been a sight to behold. Practice sessions, rehearsals and last minute arrangements concluded with a quite scintillating day on Friday 18 October! We started with the fantastic soloists and ensembles, before being treated to the whole League songs in the afternoon. We had singing and dance moves everyone should have been proud of. 

It is one of the most memorable days of the school calendar. Whole school participation in one event doesn’t happen everyday and it’s what makes League Music such a joy.

Anyway, after all the notes were hit, congratulations to Gaselee on winning this year’s competition. My thanks go to all of the children, the staff for all their graft in pulling it together, the whole Music department and our wonderful judge Sylvie Gallant, the renowned opera singer and West End actress.

...And so we set off for a well-deserved half term break where I ask everyone does the 3 R’s Rest; Read (a little) and Recharge for the second half of term and all the wonder it will undoubtedly bring.
 Have a good break.

Simon James
Headmaster