Category: Headmaster’s Notes

Headmaster’s Notes: Everything is interconnected.

17th May 20

Everything is interconnected. I remain very mindful of the challenges we are facing as a result of the pandemic; my thoughts remain very much with you all as we continue to work so hard to ensure that the education and welfare of our children continue to be prioritised, both inside and outside of the virtual…

Headmaster’s Notes: History is written by the victors

8th May 20

History is written by the victors On 8th May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made his Victory in Europe speech, in which he officially announced the unconditional surrender of Germany and the end of the Second World War in Europe. And here we are, 75 years on. Our generation has thankfully not known the horrors…

Headmaster’s Notes: Absence makes the heart grow fonder

5th May 20

Absence makes the heart grow fonder I am very conscious that Prince’s Mead households across Winchester have again been hives of academic activity and productivity this past week. Teaching staff have certainly thrown everything at their live lessons and continue to think of exciting ways to engage our pupils whilst working remotely. We hope we…

Headmaster’s Notes: It’s always darkest before the dawn but we will come back home soon.

27th April 20

It’s always darkest before the dawn but we will come back home soon. A very warm welcome to the Summer Term! For years we have read and heard, and we have never been more than a sentence away from the word ‘online’: online teaching, online learning, online school; the future’s golden rule. One week into our Summer Term learning programme, we…

Headmaster’s Notes: We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

20th March 20

Thank you to those pupils who participated in our inaugural Drama Festival on Wednesday; a magnificent showcase event where our audience enjoyed crisp diction, bags of character, nuance and self-assured delivery from all our participants. It was a great privilege to welcome professional actor, director and published poet and playwright, Mr. James Daniel, as our…

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16th March 20

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. The advice from Downing Street last night was clear: anyone with a new persistent cough or a high temperature should now self-isolate for seven days. At this time the resilience of school communities, governments, and the international order, is being tested in…

Headmaster’s Notes: The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.

6th March 20

It hardly seems possible that our Reception pupils have reached their 100-day milestone at Prince’s Mead. It has been a joy to witness our Early Years pupils thriving in so many areas since they arrived in September; there have been some outstanding achievements in the classroom, some extraordinary performances on and off the stage, the…

Headmaster’s Notes: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

28th February 20

This week has been incredibly busy on the sporting front at Prince’s Mead where pupils have represented the School at a number of exciting competitions, including the IAPS U11 Netball qualifiers plus Rugby and Netball tournaments. Our netballers performed incredibly well and, whilst they did not return this year with any silverware, their performance in…

Headmaster’s Notes: Music is the medicine of the mind

13th February 20

We had the great pleasure of welcoming a BBC film crew to Prince’s Mead this week, with the privilege of being able to share with them all that we celebrate here on the musical front at the school. The team thoroughly enjoyed meeting staff and pupils, as well as filming some of the fantastic music…

Headmaster’s Notes: It’s okay not to be okay.

7th February 20

Many of us noted this week a rather public exchange as David Leakey, a decorated Lieutenant General, responded to the presumption from a prominent political figure that military personnel are, essentially, too tough to feel anxiety. Leakey explained that “just because we’re trained to take things at a higher level…doesn’t mean we don’t feel it.”…