Our speakers in assemblies this week have been inspirational to say the least.
The Headmaster of Fettes College, Geoffrey Stanford, visited on Monday. Amongst his many achievements in life, he has rowed for Eton, Sandhurst and the British Army at Henley, completed the Marathon des Sables and the Devizes to Westminster canoe race, and taken part in a succession of expeditions to the Himalayas, including leading an international team to the summit of Mount Everest. He spoke to the pupils about his two trips to Everest and showed us how we can overcome disappointment and defeat with determination and resilience.
This morning, Craig Mathieson, currently the explorer in residence at the Scottish Royal Geographical Society and founder of the Polar Academy, joined us in assembly and to speak to Form 2. Craig has journeyed on foot to both the North and South Pole, climbed previously unexplored mountains in Greenland and kayaked the length of the East Coast of Greenland. He is also a special advisor to HM Forces regarding Polar training and guiding. Craig works tirelessly through the Polar Academy to identify young people in Scottish schools who don’t get noticed and who will benefit from his programme. He is also passionate about the importance of valuing the culture, wisdom and knowledge of the Inuit people in Greenland. He shared with the children some of the many things that we can learn from studying or spending time with the Inuit and it was truly eye opening.
So, if you get a chance, do chat to your children about our two assembly visitors. Find out what they learnt and what they took from the visits. Ask them what inspired them and whether they have adventurous ambitions and, if you really want to be revolted, ask about the Inuit diet!
John F Gilmour