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Headmaster’s Notes: The pioneer spirit is alive and well

12th February 21

Independent schools have long enjoyed being pioneers in the creation of collaborative models for education and Prince’s Mead is no exception. Time and time again we have shown ourselves able to adapt and diversify quickly and successfully. More than 600 years after it was founded by William of Wykeham, Britain’s oldest public school, and one…

Headmaster’s Notes: Shouting from the Rooftops!

29th January 21

The Prime Minister’s hopes that children could return from Monday 8th March gave us all some welcome clarity and optimism this week, albeit many of us had anticipated this date would have been sooner. I am aware that this lockdown is proving much tougher for families and teachers, coming as it does in the middle…

Headmaster’s Notes: Nothing can Substitute Experience

22nd January 21

Recalling my experience on operations twenty years ago, many of the soldiers in my charge spent many months in an unfamiliar, dangerous, and highly complex landscape facing threats and confronting their fears in ways they had not navigated before. Rigorous training had helped, but nothing could prepare them for the reality. Recalling subsequent operations, one…

Headmaster’s Notes: The Greatness of Community

15th January 21

As we embark on this period of learning from home, how uplifting it has been to witness the Prince’s Mead community embrace the challenges that the beginning of this Lent term has presented to us and to receive such encouraging feedback from those pupils, parents and teachers that I have had the privilege of meeting…

Headmaster’s Notes: The science of today is the technology of tomorrow

4th December 20

Science and technology continue to be a major focus for education and industry in the UK, as highlighted this week by the news that we are the first western country to approve a Covid vaccine. This coincided with news that a British artificial intelligence company has shown that it can compute the shapes that proteins…

Headmaster’s Notes: Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

4th October 19

Having been away for part of this week donning my School Inspector’s hat, I was reminded of how fortunate we are as a school community in so many ways. The artist Vincent Van Gough said: ‘Great things are done by a series of small things brought together’ and how true this is this Harvest time….

Headmaster’s Notes – The best memories are the ones made together

5th July 19

The penultimate week of term is always one of assorted emotions and our Speech Day and Sports Day this week have brought them to the fore. There was certainly happiness and pride as we celebrated all the achievements of the past year in our Speech Day event but there is also a hint of sadness…

Making Time for the Great Outdoors

28th June 19

What a pleasure it was to soak up the atmosphere at our final PMA event of the academic year last weekend as we reflected on the many wonderfully successful events they have organised over the past year. This team of volunteers, under the leadership of Mrs Bowyer, selflessly go out of their way to serve…

Headmaster’s Notes – Teamwork makes the dream work

21st June 19

We witnessed a wonderful celebration of sporting talent with our Sports Awards assembly in Friday Prayers this morning, recognising the very best of discipline, resilience, respect, leadership and, of course, teamwork that we have had the pleasure to observe throughout the academic year. Steve Jobs declared that “Great things in business are never done by…

Headmaster’s Notes – The Power of Community

14th June 19

It never ceases to amaze me what is achieved in one week at Prince’s Mead. On the musical front, thank you to our choir who entertained guests at the Bishop’s Tea Party at Wolvesey Palace. We have received so many positive comments from the Bishop and guests alike. Our Digital Leaders enjoyed a fantastic afternoon…