Prep Head's Blog: Rest, Relax, Recharge

I hope everyone has started the half term break in good spirits and is remembering to rest, relax and recharge-as Hamilton House remind us so well. I would like to take this opportunity, as we pause to take a break, to thank the whole FPS community for the past 6 weeks.  Having everyone back in school safely has been incredibly positive , and a challenge, but one that everyone has risen to with remarkable tenacity.  I would like to thank the pupils for their unwavering enthusiasm for school life, you as parents for your continued support and the wonderful staff, who have gone well beyond the norm, to ensure everything can operate smoothly. They have done this with great vigour, a sense of fun and great professionalism- I am truly grateful.

I have spent the past couple of weeks interviewing every Y8 pupil, along with Mr Fincher, for Leadership roles. (There are still some to reschedule after the break) The process has been incredibly rewarding and I am very grateful to the children for their time and thoughts.  One of my questions centres around the skills required for Leadership.  As you can imagine their answers were broad, varied and articulately delivered.  However, the one trait that kept being brought up was the art of listening to and understanding each other- so true! 

On that note, the Prep School assembly was devoted to an appreciation of El Dia de la Hispanidad (12th October) - which is a celebration of the discovery of America as part of the Spanish celebrations of the Day of Cultures. We heard from pupils about their love of languages at school and the inspirational quote from Nelson Mandela, ‘If you talk to a person in a language they understand, that goes to their head. If you talk to them in their language, that goes to their heart.’ We also heard from our new Spanish Assistant, Florencia, about her life in Santiago, Chile. Thanks to everyone involved, including Mrs Knightley, for overseeing the presentation.

Finally, I would like to celebrate the extravaganza that was League Music 2021! To be able to go ahead with the event was wonderful and we were treated to a true celebration of music and singing. There will be a more detailed report in the first newsletter after half term, but I would like to congratulate Lord Riche for winning the overall competition. Every performer was magnificent and it was a fitting way to end the half term. Thank you to all of the children, the staff, our music professionals as well as Mr Rees, Mr Bevitt-Smith and Mrs Clarke for their organisation of the event.

Have a safe and enjoyable half term.

Simon James


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