As I get to know Craigclowan better, one thing is becoming clear - those who know Craigclowan, love Craigclowan. Over the last week I have had the pleasure of meeting with a broad variety of people; pupils, staff, current parents, past parents, past Headmasters and staff at our receiving senior schools. All have been united in their admiration for Craigclowan and what we achieve here with the wonderful pupils we educate. Notably, the senior schools that we feed are delighted to welcome Craigclowan pupils, who invariably continue to flourish and make significant impacts in their senior years after such good preparation here. One thing that is repeatedly mentioned is the breadth of a Craigclowan education. Not for our pupils a narrow focus on a few areas of life, here it is the whole child who matters.
Nowhere could this have been more evident this week than in lunch on Monday – my first ‘Burns Lunch’ at Craigclowan. Surrounded as I was by various shades of tartan, I was hugely impressed by the poise with which Freddie piped in the haggis and the confidence with which Arthur recited the Address to the Haggis. Sacha, Gregor and Finlay also performed at various times during the day and with real aplomb. And of course, this is on top of their academic achievements, sporting prowess and contributions to so many other areas of school life.
Our Forest School is also flourishing. We have plans to develop this further with more facilities and further staff being trained. And this is how it should be. We cannot spend all of our time in the classroom, we must also be sure to create time to explore our wider environment and encourage the sense of wonder and curiosity that young people have for the natural world around them. Rosy cheeks and muddy boots are firmly established here and I hope we can build upon this as time goes by.
My challenge to the children (and staff) in assembly today was for them to somehow make every day special, not just for themselves but for others too. I’m looking forward to hearing the reports of how they have achieved this. Please encourage them and join me in wishing them good luck!
John F Gilmour