The weeks, months, terms pass quickly in a school, as we all know. This last, with the excellent Fairfield Halls concert on Wednesday, a reception for Fifth Form parents on Monday, Governors midweek, has been up there with the busiest. But I thought it might be interesting to focus just on one day: Friday.
I always start Friday with a meeting of the School Captain team. This year’s team have been excellent in not just coming up with ideas, but executing them quickly (hence the Cultural Day, the Charity Concert and so forth). This Friday, along with another member of the Upper Sixth, they put forward ideas for drop-in sessions to help discussions, informally, with students who might be struggling. They need some basic training of course, but I was more than happy to give the go-ahead. On to some standard meetings, a recording to congratulate those we have offered 16+ and 13+ places to, and quickly then on to a Lower Sixth ‘Recognition Lunch’.
This brought together some thirty of the Lower Sixth, nominated by Tutors for specific achievements – CCF, Maths or Coding challenges, volunteering for Primary Schools Masterclasses – or just for having made an excellent start, being on top of everything and setting a positive example. Some of course are ‘new’ students, an especial pleasure to meet with them one term in. Quickly catching the end of the HipSoc University Challenge before finalising bursary and scholarship offers with the Director of Admissions and, as I always do, spending a few minutes as the boys exit the School for the weekend.
Not an unusual day by any means, but one which rung a few bells for me: the busyness of Whitgift life, the range of things the boys do so well, the positivity and the generous commitment of my colleagues. I know most members of the community are well aware how fortunate we are, but days like this underline it.