Friday 7th December 2018
My last newsletter of the term, and as I write I’ve just been watching Early Years put on a nativity concert for the Junior boys. Over this week and into next, we have performances from Early Years, the Juniors and the Seniors, as well as our music ensembles, both on and off site, for parents and for the local community.
A treat for me is to see the journey from 3 to 13 years in terms of what the boys can do and how they come on over time. Today the singing from the little ones was in tune and very cute. Sitting in Trinity Church next week, I know that matters will be more than just in tune, there will be a quality and depth in evidence that is pretty remarkable.
These moments are worth reflecting upon. At a time where many in education, in both state and independent, seem intent on producing stress inducing ‘exam factories’ it is worth posing the question what is it all for? Exam league tables, A-levels and university offers all have a central place in the discourse, but I would rather hear first about what sort of human beings are coming out the other side and with what depth of experience and what temperament to life.
A good example of real education, I hope, is right before us: Boys coming together so well in music and song. We’ve spent time, love and care on that over the years, in order to realise that quality. It is not just an afterthought, it is a deep commitment along with Maths, English, Latin, Geography and all the rest…. Experience, depth and above all, some joy.
Have a great holiday: we break up on Thursday 13th at the usual end of day.