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  • The Life of Pi and Choosing the Better Story

    Published 13/05/22, by Alicia Peacock

    Recently when listening to my favourite podcast, I was reminded of a novel that I love, the Canadian author Yann Martell’s Booker prize winner ‘The Life of Pi’.  The novel was turned into a Hollywood film in 2012 for which Ang Lee won the Oscar for best director. It tells the remarkable story of Pi Patel and takes the form of an interview of the middle-aged Pi, conducted by a young Canadian author who has been told that his extraordinary life story would make a great subject for a book.

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  • St George's Day

    Published 29/04/22, by Ellie Hastings

    Last Saturday was St George’s Day. St. George’s Day is celebrated every year on 23 April and it marks the death of the patron saint of England.

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  • The Benefits of Volunteering

    Published 11/03/22, by Alicia Peacock

    ‘The essence of life is to serve others and do good’ - Aristotle

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  • Random Acts of Kindness

    Published 18/02/22, by Alicia Peacock

    “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” - Princess Diana

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day

    Published 28/01/22, by Alicia Peacock

     

    'Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’ - George Santayana

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  • Triathlons, Twain, and 2022

    Published 07/01/22, by Ellie Hastings

    Happy New Year!

    It has been fantastic to welcome the boys back on site this week. Although the emergence of the Omicron variant has meant the last-minute introduction of some additional mitigations, things could be significantly worse - after all, last year began with an announcement that schools would be closed! Although it’s not the start to 2022 which we had all been hoping for, if these measures help to keep your sons in school then they are the lesser of two evils.

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  • On Gratitude at Christmas

    Published 09/12/21, by Alicia Peacock

    As you know I love reading and I love books. Things I have read frequently form the basis of my assemblies and blogs.  During term it can be hard to find the time to read for pleasure.

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  • Encouraging Perspective on Sustainability

    Published 26/11/21, by Alicia Peacock

    COP26, the climate conference that took place in Glasgow between 31st October and 12th November, at which countries revisited climate pledges made under the 2015 Paris Agreement and reached a new global agreement – the Glasgow Climate Pact – has placed the environment on the front pages this month.  Although not legally binding, the pact will set the global agenda on climate change for the next decade and aims to reduce its worst impacts. However, many leaders and campaigners argue that it does not go far enough. 

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  • Importance of Empathy

    Published 05/11/21, by Viki McNulty

    In this week’s assembly, I spoke to the boys about the importance of empathy, the ability to see the world from another’s perspective and understand their feelings. Empathy comes with experience and the wisdom and understanding that come with it.

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  • Mental Health

    Published 15/10/21, by Viki McNulty

    Last Sunday, 10 October, was World Mental Health Day. The cusp of half term and a much-needed chance to rest and revitalise seems like the ideal time to talk about well-being, which is often a victim of the pace of our daily lives.

    Men’s mental health is often surrounded by a negative stigma which discourages discussion. 1 in 10 young people, approximately three in every classroom, will experience a mental health problem. Research suggests that nearly 70% of young people who have experienced a mental health problem have also experienced a negative reaction to those problems from family, friends and teachers. Experiencing a mental health problem is hard enough; fear of judgment, shame and isolation make it that much harder.

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  • Control the Controllable.

    Published 24/09/21, by Viki McNulty

    Over the summer I read a book by Ed Smith the author, journalist and former international cricketer who was England’s national selector between 2018 and 2021. That book, ‘What Sport Teaches Us About Life’ comprises fifteen essays in which Smith attempts to draw intellectual lessons and practical guidance from some of the questions that sports fans love to debate.

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  • The Long Awaited Return to Normality

    Published 10/09/21, by Viki McNulty
    This term begins with a real sense of optimism as the lifting of Covid restrictions and the vaccination programme promise the start of a long and eagerly awaited return to normal. Standing in front of Warwick Hall on Monday morning, I witnessed smili
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