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Headmaster's Blog

2018-11-30

In assembly this morning I spoke with the school about one of our school values, resilience.  We talked about how important it is to focus on your goals and to not give up until you have achieved what you set out to achieve.  I used the analogy of playing golf (not a game that I know the first thing about really).  However, it strikes me that anyone can play one hole of golf and get the ball in the hole eventually.  For a complete beginner it might take 50 strokes to sink the ball on a par six hole while a pro might only take five or six.  But even the complete beginner will sink the ball eventually.  And the great thing is, next time they have a go they might only take 40 shots, and the next time 30 and the next time 20 and so on.  And that’s why resilience matters.  As long as we can cope with the length of the journey and keep picking ourselves up when we fall, any goal, no matter how ambitious, can be achieved.

So as I sit here at my desk and pen my reports, I feel very much like that novice golfer slowly chipping their ball towards the hole.  I still have in the region of 200 reports left to complete, however, I know that as long as I focus on the goal I will get there in the end.

Resilience...that’s what I need!

John F Gilmour
Headmaster

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