Category: Headmaster's Assembly

Headmaster’s Assembly – 29 September 2017

Dreams with Deadlines The title of my address this morning comes from a quotation by Diana Scharf Hunt who coined the phrase “Goals are dreams with deadlines”. As you move forward in your career within the school so you should start thinking ahead of what you are trying to do – I want to be
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Headmaster’s Assembly – 18 August 2017

Legacy   “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion”   This is a tweet sent by ex President of the United States, Barack Obama, in response to the racially fuelled violence in the USA in which he quoted words first penned by
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Headmaster’s Assembly – 11 August 2017

How do I know that I have been a good parent? How, for that matter, do I know I have been a good teacher? These are questions as a teacher and a parent I constantly ask myself. As a Headmaster I also ask how do I know when I have been a good Headmaster?
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Headmaster’s Assembly – 28 July 2017

This past weekend I sat, along with millions of people around the world, transfixed with the spectacle that is The Open – one of the four major golfing events for male golfers in the world. If you win one of these tournaments, known as a “major”, you enter into an elite world of special golfers and your career as a golfer is just about guaranteed to be a success going forward. To those who don’t know the sport, this is a big deal and majors are events all golfers dream of winning or indeed competing in at least once in their careers. The Open is a tournament held in Great Britain and is the oldest of the four majors. Many golfers acknowledge that it is the most coveted of the four. Now that I have sketched a background, I wish to share a lesson or two that I picked up from the many hours I spent watching this past weekend.
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Headmaster’s Assembly – 5 May 2017

Decisions, decisions, decisions… You have heard many times, from this stage and from various other sources that it’s ok to fail and to make mistakes. All of us have made mistakes and the lessons we learn from these are often the most valuable ones for us. Perhaps what we don’t hear so often though is
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Headmaster’s Assembly – 31 March 2017

An extraordinary man It is remarkable how often a single encounter with a person can shape your thinking forever. Around 2005, when I was Headmaster at my previous school, Pinelands High School in Cape Town, I was sitting in my office one afternoon when a man came to see me unannounced and without appointment. He
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Prefect’s Assembly – 13 March 2017

The Prefect's Assembly was taken by our Deputy Head Prefect, Chezney Drabile. Chezney looks at the difference between hard work and talent.
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Headmaster’s Assembly – 3 March 2017

I thought I would try to get my message across to you today using a method used by a former Headmaster who wrote a book of fictional responses to issues raised by parents. He replies to these concerns in an open, honest manner, saying things that we often do not say to people for fear of offending them yet they represent the honest, hard truth. The format I shall use is a phone call – one you would make to your parents to tell them about something that happened at school. This is thus called “Phone calls to my Mother”.
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