I have been reading a small but significant book by Sir Ken Robinson and his daughter, Kate.
While writing, Sir Ken, who can be seen in one of the most watched TED talks in history, sadly passed away. The book challenges us to think again about an education worth having for the times we are in, and for what we can reasonably foresee as the needs of the future for our planet and ourselves. We are asked to Imagine if… and create new systems and educational environments based on the principles of creativity, collaboration, and compassion.
For those of us who have spent their lives in mainstream educational institutions, much of what is referenced seems far beyond our capacity and willingness. Yet, I was encouraged by the steps College has taken to prioritise student choice through our Diploma and our desire to develop balanced character as a key to our outcomes. Given our recent celebration of diversity in all its forms, it was pleasing to recognise how our community is developing our culture and mindset to see difference as key and personalised acceptance as paramount.
At Assembly last week, I explained the juxtaposition of a school uniform and our celebration of choice and individuality. I pointed out that our uniform, which creates our sense of belonging, also cloaks us with the armour of our virtues and makes us strive for honesty, compassion and justice in all we do. Rather than constrain our community, our stripes enable each of us to be who we are in the knowledge that we will be known and loved by those around us.
Of course, when we throw in adolescence, there is a challenge or two along the way. No rose-coloured glasses here! However, I believe so much is so good about the College experience and, if most boys are to be believed, they do too.
Dr Nick Penney
If you missed out on our excellent Parent Education & Community Evening with mindfulness specialist Dr Nick Penney, you can still learn much from his presentation and benefit from his guidance to better wellbeing by viewing the recorded live-stream event.
Return to College Sport Guidelines
Following last week’s email to parents, I want to reiterate the importance of ensuring that your son is ready to return to training and sport after having had Covid-19. College policy expects a gradual approach to physical activity before returning to play. I strongly recommend that you take the time to read this policy and guidelines. Should parents wish to discuss any aspect and implementation of this protocol, they are to contact me directly.
Year 10 Parent Gathering
Hosted by the Christ’s College Parents’ Association, we will hold a special Year 10 Parent Gathering on Monday 25 July from 5.30–7.30pm. Join us for drinks and canapés in the Chapman Room and on Upper. Please dress warmly and register here to attend.Read on