Achieving goals and community bonds 

Achieving goals and community bonds 

This is the time of year when many of the things we all happily planned in the summer or early autumn suddenly become reality. We consciously, this year, tried to avoid packing events in the last week, to avoid an end-of-term scramble, so this week’s Charity Concert for example was earlier than usual. 

Actually, there is another reason for highlighting this. Successive, excellent School Captain teams have set out at the start of the year their plans, what they want to achieve, and they have in their different ways invariably done great things. This year’s team wanted to run a Cultural Day for Junior students, run a successful Charity Concert, turbocharge the School Council and support, by way of informal advice, younger boys who might be struggling. An ambitious agenda by any standards, but what is so impressive about this team is that they have already completed or set in motion all of this, before November is out. 

The Charity Concert, which raised money for Young Minds, was clearly a huge success. More than the event itself, these activities help build a sense of community and common purpose. As I always say to prospective parents on Open Days, we are a busy school: we do a lot. Why do we do so many activities? Because they are enjoyable, yes, and because talent should be found, nurtured and celebrated. But above all because it is by doing things together then relationships are formed, and education is all about relationships. At a time of misunderstanding on a cosmic scale, and of entrenched views and attitudes, human understanding has never been more important. The Charity Concert, the Cultural Day, activities and tutor group discussions may not change the world, but they are a start.