It has been an action packed week here at Craigclowan with pancakes on Tuesday, excitement on the sports field, trips out and a large number of visitors in school for the Senior Schools Fayre last night. This has given us many opportunities to see how we fit into the wider world and to refresh and establish our links beyond the school gates.
In amongst all of this I had the pleasure on Tuesday of meeting with my fellow Scottish and Northern Irish IAPS Heads at Fettes College in Edinburgh. This termly meeting provides a great opportunity to build our common network and to share thoughts of how our schools are progressing. At this meeting, amongst other things, we shared experiences of how we are dealing with the issue of child mental health and wellbeing. There is a growing awareness in schools of this as an issue and we Heads understand that there is a need here that we have a duty to provide for.
I spoke this morning to the school about Lent and how it is, in essence, a time for preparation. We explored what this meant and spoke about the various things in our lives that we need to prepare for. We also discussed how it has become more common to take something up over Lent rather than to give something up. Research shows that when we do something repeatedly over a period of time it will become a habit. How better then to use Lent than to create a positive new habit for ourselves.
This Lent I have decided to take up making some time every day just for thinking. So far I am doing well and managing to find half an hour each day to switch off my phone and the e-mail and to just think. A good friend shared with me the story of Nick Vujicic, a young Australian who was born with no arms or legs. His story has given me plenty to think about this week and I have been incredibly moved by it. It has helped to remind me that the opportunities available to us all are limitless and how important it is to grab these opportunities and not to squander them. If you would like to know more about Nick, you might find five minutes to watch his YouTube film here.
John F Gilmour