From the Headmaster's Desk

The Six Nations is a distant memory, the national cricket team were skittled out for 58 (only the fifth side ever to be all out in the first session) and the press have started to fool us into believing that England might have a chance at winning the World Cup. Setting optimism to one side, it seemed an appropriate week to focus on another British value we hold so dear: democracy.

My assembly on Monday focused on voting and the importance of respecting the opinions of others. As much as I tried to persuade the boys and girls that there is only one flavour of ice-cream, they would not allow me to influence their opinion. This bodes well for next week, when for the first time in the 111 year history of Lyonsdown, the School lion will be named by secret ballot. Add Year 6’s trip to the Houses of Parliament and Year 3’s wonderful piece about British values and the new (very hard to collect) ten pence piece, and we have a very well-informed School.

Keeping parents well informed was at the forefront of the School’s mind during this week’s parents’ evenings. However, it was a case of performing, rather than informing, in the magnificent Lower School Spring Concert – a show that I was privileged enough to see twice. Thank you to all of those who were involved in preparing the boys and girls; it was a wonderful way in which to lead into the end of term. Looking forward to Easter, Mrs Young taught the school about the message of forgiveness in a wonderful assembly, and also the meaning behind the gifts we exchange. Said gifts were in abundance at the FLS cake sale on Thursday – thank you to all of those parents who contributed or purchased.

And what an end of term we have in store: the FLS Easter bonnet competition and the Upper School Spring Music Concert are the tip of the iceberg. With a final burst of energy, I am sure we will all be able to make the most of the last half week of the Spring Term.

Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

C. Hammond