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Heads' blog

The heads' blog is an opportunity for senior staff and students, invited by the heads of school, to share their thoughts on education, schools and children.

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  • Humility – gratitude for opportunities

    Published 03/06/19
    There is no doubt that an independent school education develops an inner confidence in its pupils. Perhaps this reflects the benefit of having studied in smaller classes. Perhaps it reflects the fact that pupils have met an entry criterion to gain th
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  • Environmental Awareness

    Published 08/05/19
    There seems to be an unrelenting stream of grim messages about our environment with each day bringing another warning about the damage we are inflicting on our planet. The latest report from the UN on biodiversity and ecosystem services warns us that
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  • Commitment

    Published 02/04/19
    I was listening to my seven year old daughter playing the piano over the weekend. As a proud father, I am excited that she is ready for her Grade 1 examination after a year of lessons and practice. Should her interest ever develop in to a passion, wh
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  • Trust in the benefits of failure

    Published 01/03/19
    For many, faith is synonymous with the trust and conviction with which we conduct our daily interactions and, arguably, this exists in no greater form than in the relationship between parents and schools. In education, we have the privilege of hel
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  • Take Courage - a calculated risk

    Published 01/02/19
    The 11+ admissions process has reached its conclusion, and as my first at the helm it has been exhausting, but hugely enjoyable. I had the opportunity to interview a significant proportion of our applicants, one of whom carried their bag into the int
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  • A Joyful Christmas

    Published 03/12/18
    It’s that time of year again: the nights have drawn in and the temperature has plummeted. The long hot summer of 2018 is now but a distant memory. Here at Claremont Fan Court, we are preparing for a wonderful two weeks full of Christmas ce
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  • Compassion

    Published 01/11/18
    If you have been at the Prep School recently, you may have noticed that we have become poultry keepers. This kindly gesture, to avoid returning Year 3’s chicks ‘to the farm’, is in keeping with our drive to extend our outdoor learni
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  • Honesty is the best policy

    Published 01/10/18
    Never has it been easier to research for homework, coursework or even a dissertation. Long gone are the days of methodically working through microfiche and then sourcing articles from periodicals or rare publications in a library many miles away. And
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  • Respect For Others

    Published 03/09/18
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T ‘Find out what it means to me’   The words of Aretha Franklin’s 1967 anthem, celebrated for advancing both the civil rights movement and gender equality. Respect (for Others) is one of the character qualities
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  • A Fond Farewell

    Published 10/07/18
    After thirteen years as Headmaster of the Senior School, it is now time to say farewell to the School that has been so much a part of my life as well as that of my wife’s and our two sons’; to say goodbye to valued colleagues and friends
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  • The Importance of Sleep

    Published 22/06/18
    According to Guinness World Records, the record for the number of jalapeno chillies eaten in one minute is sixteen. This feat was achieved by Alfredo Hernandes on 17 September 2006 in Chicago, USA. The most chainsaw juggling catches is 94 and was
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  • Freedom of Play

    Published 01/05/18
    The idea of freedom sparks excitement in our hearts. It brings with it images of long, carefree days and evokes memories of times when choices appear unlimited. If freedom were a colour it would, for me, be the deep blue of the sky above a mountain r
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