Headmaster's Blog | Saturday 8 December 2018

08 December 2018

 

Having had some dreadful weather these last few days, the sun is now cutting through the skyline over our games pitches and in a moment we will be leaving for the carol service. A lot of hard work has been put into this event and my thanks go to the choristers, Mr Paget and particularly Mr Wild. At a time on our planet where there is so much uncertainty, unrest and unfairness, the Christian message that comes in the form of Advent could not be more important. In Chapel, we have contemplated the upcoming excitement of Christmas and we have asked ourselves what more we could do for our school community to make it even better.

Of the many exciting opportunities for the boys this week, two events stood out. Firstly, I was delighted that our robotics team entered into the North London First Lego League Finals. There were two parts to the competition: programming a robot to complete missions and a presentation. After a slow start on the missions the boys showed tremendous perseverance and resilience to then pick up and overtake nearly every other team. In the presentation, the boys collaborated perfectly and I am delighted to report that they were crowned as winners. The team go off to the national final in February. The second event was the conclusion to the U13 A team rugby season. They have been a joy to watch this season and the skills developed under the coaching of Mr Williams and Mr Robinson have seen the boys go from strength to strength. For me, what sets them apart is their camaraderie and support for one another; not only is this seen in both attacking and defensive play, but in the bond of friendship. To go unbeaten with a fixture card as challenging as any in the country comfortably allows me to feel great pride for one of the country’s top prep school teams.

Some of the boys will have holiday work to organise over these next few days as some really do not carry on in sensible, measured manner during the term. After all, despite all the excitement of the events described in this blog and weekly in this newsletter, our academic culture is the priority alongside developing each boy’s character.

Have a good few days, thank you for your support and I wish you a merry Christmas.

Jeremy Banks