Headmaster's BLOG - July 2014
Well, I made it, but only just! Here I am writing my final blog and it has been a fortnight of final times I do things. Strangely most of my 'lasts' have passed without much fanfare as I have just being doing the things as part of my normal job and at this time of year there is very little time for stopping and reflecting. This week alone I have been through my last Sports Day, Swimming Gala, Prizegiving, End of Term Assembly and Staff Meeting, taught my last lesson, written my last newsletter and 'Oval' items and rung the school bell for the last time. (Attendees of our Parents' Evenings will understand that I have rung that particular bell on very many occasions!) The event which did not pass unnoticed or uncelebrated was when I wrote my last report. Eddie Young in Year 8 was my last report and although reading through an individual boy's report and commenting upon it at the end is interesting, it becomes less so when you reach boy 200. Given that it takes at least 15 minutes per report, the process every year takes in excess of 50 hours, and hence the celebration. There have many other celebrations this week, but mainly at specific functions held in my honour - some planned and some completely unexpected. I attended two assemblies, one at Pre-Prep and one at the main school, when the boys made a huge fuss of me, said lovely things, sang to me and presented me with cards and scrapbooks. I could not speak properly at the end of either event as I was so emotional! The event with the parents at the start of the week was less tearful but I was absolutely staggered by the number of people who came out to say goodbye and by the generosity of those who had contributed to my collection. The week ended with the Ball which was, thankfully, not in my honour, but to celebrate the 90/50th anniversaries. It was a fantastic occasion and a fitting way to make my last public appearance as Headmaster. Penny Lawrence, Emma Barnard and Anita Bansi did a brilliant job with the organisation and deserve a mention here!
So I hand over to Terry Ayres in a few weeks time and I know he will do a brilliant job of keeping Thorpe House as the very special place that it is. Whether he continues with the Headmaster's Blog is up to him but if not then I sign off after a number of years of incosequential ramblings and wish everyone all the very best.