Acting Head of Senior School

Acting Head of Senior School


Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other (Walter Elliott)

In writing this column I was hesitant to focus on perseverance for fear of fostering a narrative of self-pity. The reality is, however, that our community has had to endure a range of disruptions and frustrations this term: COVID cases (and with that remote learning for some), restricted access throughout the college due to building works, segregated year-groups and now, torrential rain. Despite this reality, students overall have applied themselves commendably to their learning and life in the Senior School. To spur you on I would like to offer the following…

I. Think big picture

Long distance runners would be familiar with the term ‘hitting the wall.’ It’s a sensation you wouldn’t wish for your worst enemy. When glycogen stores (stored glucose) are depleted, your brain essentially tells your body to STOP. One way to avoid this is to slow down and use a different fuel source. In the same vein, as we anticipate the remaining weeks of this eleven- week term I am urging students (and their parents) to maintain a steady pace until the final day of term, Friday 8th April.

2. There’s a lot going on

With school sports and extracurricular programs now running there are plenty of opportunities for students to keep themselves engaged and connected. This week brochures have been sent home outlining what’s on offer. Each student is encouraged to involve themself in at least one initiative outside the classroom this year.

3. A final encouragement

Lastly, I would like to leave you with a bible verse. My hope is that this encourages you wherever you are and whatever you may be doing.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Mr. Stephen Irvine
Acting Head of Senior School