I opened my assembly on Friday reading the well- known poem ‘Leisure’ by W.H. Davies whose opening lines;
What is this life if, full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?
Reminding the pupils, the staff and indeed myself how important it is to try and take some time each day to relax and do nothing except look, listen and be mindful of the world around them.
The week had been a good week for the pupils and the school. Earlier on Friday morning, at a quarter to five to be precise, we waved off our French exchange pupils who were heading back to their school in Bordeaux. It had been a wonderful experience for all those involved and by the end of the week the whole school seemed to be speaking French with many a Bonjour and Merci being exchanged!
The language theme continued in the afternoon as all pupils studying Spanish gathered in the school hall to watch a play in Spanish; En el Campamento. The play finished with the whole school singing La Bamba and so the French was replaced with Hasta la vista as day pupils headed for their buses home at the end of the day.
The day had not ended for me and another group of pupils for as soon as school finished for the day we were heading for the final concert of the Barnsley Festival of Music and Drama in which we had entered quite a few pupils during the week. It was a delight to witness such musical talent on display and I was also very proud to accept, on behalf of the school, the Cooperative’s Trophy for the school that made the best contribution to the festival over the week.
Back to that assembly …certificates to sixth formers for their performance in the AS Physics Olympiad; congratulations to seventeen pupils who received their Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Selby Abbey on Tuesday evening; two wins at cricket and two wins and a draw at rounders for our sports teams; 5th place out of thirty –one for our Mathematics Challenge Team held in York and a Grade 5 flute certificate.
At Read School, Drax we are not worried about pupils who are kept busy achieving their best and having fun doing it. I hope they have also found some time to ‘stand and stare’ during the week and notice the beautiful spring flowers that have eventually arrived and adorn the grounds.
As for me it was up early on Sunday morning to greet the staff and pupils from our partner school in Indonesia and another similar week starts in school in which much will be achieved.
Headmaster, The Read School, Drax.