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Message from Mr Hymer: 1 July 2022

Alongside all the busyness of the end of term, the task of reading through reports and making comments about the boys is one that awaits me this weekend. It is always a major investment in time for teachers to summarise each boy’s year and to look towards future improvements.


Reading through the reports, it is always a pleasant surprise to hear just how active the boys are, engaging with all aspects of school life. I reflected on this point whilst listening to our Chaplain, Mr Soper recall and explain the Parable of the Talents.

In helping to explain the meaning of the parable, he told the boys of the somewhat unlikely scenario of a form teacher giving three boys a million pounds each at the end of the term asking them to use the money wisely over the summer. In Mr Soper's version, one boy doubled his money in a tech firm, the second doubled his money by experimenting with chocolate and inventing a delicious watermelon-flavoured chocolate bar. The third put his money under the mattress and spent his time playing computer games.

The teacher in  Mr Soper's version was obviously on a different pay scale to the rest of us as she / he did not request their capital back. More seriously, the Chaplain's message was about each and every boy using their God-given talents to their utmost. He challenged the boys to use the forthcoming holidays as an opportunity to invest wisely in their time. As many of the reports suggest, a summer spent reading will be a wise investment in time.

On the subject of reading, we are delighted to have secured another visit by Cressida Cowell, the author of the 'How to Train your Dragon' series of books. Cressida visited us a few years ago and was truly inspirational. We look forward to her visit in September.

Also on the topic of books, we ask that over the weekend, parents scour their son's bedroom and return any outstanding library books lurking forgotten in the corner. This is particularly important for boys leaving us this year.

I hope to issue one final newsletter next week to round up the last few events in the term, including yesterday's Year 6 Young Enterprise Project.