Headmaster’s Headlines – 18.03.22

Senior School
18 Mar 22

I spoke in Headmaster’s Assembly this afternoon about pride. There are so many things of which we can be especially proud here at SVS, and this week has been no exception.

The pilgrimage to Twickenham on Wednesday in many ways showed us at our very best. Although the result was disappointing, I am sure that all of the community share my immense pride for the incredible efforts and application of the team and those who prepared them. Those of us who attended the concert here in Groves Hall on Thursday night – another example of us carefully returning to normality – also felt very proud of the performers. That said, there are different forms of pride of course and it is important we remember that it needs to be a measured and reflective thought when we are proud of ourselves or an achievement. I highlighted in Assembly the need for humility, graciousness and gratitude alongside our feelings of pride; the players on Wednesday and performers on Thursday showed these in abundance and were great role models for the community.

The calendar has been full of so many other events this week – fixtures, Swimming galas, Hockey and Rugby tournaments, French and Spanish plays and a poetry trip to London to name but a few. We approach the end of term at a great pace and I look forward to special moments next week such as the Sixth Form Spring Ball, the return of the Baton Race, the CCF Parade and the End of Term Assembly when we can all reflect on what a special, busy and enjoyable term it has been.

Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to do our online parental survey this week. The feedback is so helpful for the School and its future plans. A reminder has been sent out via email today and the deadline for responses is 25th March.

Have a great weekend.

Best wishes

James Thomas, Headmaster