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”
The Aeronautical Society of PBHS was invited to provide volunteer workers for The Children’s Flight, a major aviation charity initiative and part of a large group of people known as “Helping Hands”.
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.
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 […]
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 […]