Recently we hosted a very exceptional Leadership in Schools Conference which coincided with World Leadership Day and the launch of INSPIRE. This initiative is working in partnership with Steve Chalke MBE, Oasis Multi-Academy Trust and the BBC. INSPIRE is linked to the WWI centenary year celebrations and events throughout 2018. Martin Reader, BSA Chair Elect, summed up the day. We plan for our children to create a large mosaic with the Art Department in 2018 as a symbol of peace which can be installed in the school as a lasting memory. You are bound to hear a lot more about this initiative on national radio and television in the coming months.
It was a privilege to listen to such inspirational speakers and I know from all the compliments that have been received that the delegates went away with their minds truly uplifted.
We knew that weekend was going to be very full on given the performances of Chicago, Bonfire Night and Inter House hockey and rugby matches. Chicago was a triumph and without exaggeration the quality of the choreography and singling was West End standard.
Despite the weather’s best attempt to dampen our spirits on the Saturday night we managed to complete the programme of events. Never have we had a better firework display and for those of whom this was their first Bonfire Night it seems they were blown away by the evening’s entertainment.
Back to the Leadership Conference. I took away the strong message that we are absolutely right to be leading the Preparatory School world in promoting an ethos where character education is at the core of our values. Caring and crafting is at the heart of each member of staff’s attitude of mind when dealing with children.