Friday 8th February 2019

Dear Parents,

I would suggest pursuit of a life well lived is far better for our children than ‘A’ grades on a piece of paper, or x number of exam passes. If we can help to be present in their learning and relationships, that can only be a good thing. Some examples to celebrate recently include music; where our quartet of Vansh, Oscar, Vinicius and Samuel (Years 6, 8, 7 and 6 consecutively), competed at the top end in the Pro-Corda National Music Competition. These boys have really shown us how to be ‘lost in music’. Elsewhere, the Jazz Workshop at Christ’s Hospital gave many more a chance to shine and enjoy.

We saw some music from the soul as our Year 7 and 8 supported Holocaust Memorial Day with poetry and thought. It was a particularly proud moment to receive a letter from a community elder who told me that the poem from Nicky (Year 7), drawing on his feelings and family history, had brought some in the audience to tears along with the violin piece from Eric (Year 7). You can see Nicky’s poem printed further back in the newsletter.

On such, I must recommend a book on poetry written by Joe Nutt, columnist in the Times Education Supplement and until recently a Trustee here at Homefield. Along with many of his friends, I helped ‘crowd fund’ its publication: The Point of Poetry – How Poetry Can Teach Us About the Things in Life That Really Matter:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Point-Poetry-Joe-Nutt-ebook/dp/B07JQ3MSFB/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549460530&sr=8-2&keywords=joe+nutt

We have benefited from a Safer Internet week for the boys; I joked with Mrs Mach that perhaps the safest thing to do was to just switch it off, however she has helped the boys with more sensible and pragmatic approaches. I discovered a new way to prise my daughter away from the internet at the weekend by buying her a ukulele; she then spent most of the weekend figuring out songs and playing tunes, rather than any screen time.

Thanks to the Parents’ Association for peddling hard with lovely recent events such as The Magic Show, Coffee mornings and more on the horizon including the Senior Department Disco, Family Film Night, Quiz Night and the Easter Egg Hunt.

Finally, congratulations to the U11 chess team who played with aplomb to secure top position in the EPSCA National chess quarter finals.

Have a good weekend,

John Towers

Headmaster

Homefield preparatory school

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Sutton,

Surrey, SM1 2TE

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