What if…? One of the many milestones in a teenager’s life is passing a driving test that allows you to drive a car on your own. Ask most adults and they will tell you that the first time they drove a car on their own was the most incredible feeling of independence and freedom – […]
Superheroes I speak often about the superhero within men – the desire for us to save something or someone. Today I speak to you about two superheroes – Action Man and Word Man. I know Action Man is an actual toy that was launched as a super hero when I was one year old […]
The triangle of success “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ” We are born with certain skills and talents. Some of us have been blessed with multiple talents across a wide range of diverse interests. Some of us have fewer talents […]
Privilege I spent ten days in Cape Town as part of the December holiday visiting family and friends and catching up with people. It was a frenetic time but a happy one. There was one enduring memory though that I will have of this trip that I share with you today as my opening message […]
Family time… You are about to embark on one of the longest holidays of your lives. Not only are we finishing formal school earlier due to the common exams we were forced to write but you are coming back later than usual next year. You have around seven weeks’ worth of holiday – which seems […]
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 […]
“Half the world is composed of those who have something to say and cannot – the other half those who have nothing to say and keep saying it”
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 […]
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?
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.