A warm welcome back to all staff, parents and boys to Term 4 2019. I especially welcome the eight new boys and their parents joining us this term. I trust all have had an enjoyable and relaxing break, a time to catch up with family and friends.
A special welcome to Mr Tim Anderson who will be taking Christian Studies classes and Chapels for Rev Alan Burnett whilst he finishes his teaching degree over the first six weeks of this term.
Welcome also to our three new gap students:Thomas Chamberlain who comes to us from Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, UK.Stephanie Derham who comes to us from Burgate School in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, UK.Chrissie Bate, who comes to us from Solihull College near Birmingham, UK. We look forward to the contribution they each will make to Hereworth.
“Education is more like gardening”
Over the holiday period I was able to enjoy a few days working in our garden. Being spring, there are magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias and other cool climate exotics, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. The blaze of springtime colour is so attractive and refreshing to see and a reward for the hours spent working in the garden. There is a lovely analogy by Sir Ken Robinson, an author, speaker and international advisor on education that schooling is like gardening – and the job of the gardener is to create the optimal conditions for growth.
Throughout this year, I have admired the dedication of all teachers at Hereworth to this important work of educating or “growing” the minds and hearts of our young boys and helping to build our authentic, caring and spirited culture. For this I say thank you to each of them. I thank our parents too for working together with staff in the best interests of your sons. We particularly appreciate the respectful and open conversations that have occurred throughout this year at special School occasions such as Parent/Teacher/Son interviews, The Wizard of Oz performances, parent and son gatherings, and on the sidelines of sporting fixtures during the week and on weekends. Like parents, we as teachers, try to create the right environmental conditions for growth so each boy can reach his potential. Like expert gardeners looking after plants, we do not leave development up to chance — we plan carefully for the needs of our boys.
We look forward to participating in, and working together at School activities over the term ahead, both inside and outside the classroom. I am sure they will be uplifting occasions helping our boys to grow and flourish and form stronger connections both between and within the families at Hereworth.