From the Headmaster's Desk

You will have noticed that I was not wearing my Liverpool scarf on Monday. You may, or may not, be aware that what is being called ‘The European Incident” in some quarters did not go well for the men in red.

Failure is hard to deal with, and Loris Karius will remember the 2018 Champions League Final for all the wrong reasons. Except, maybe he shouldn’t. Rather than remember the errors he made, maybe he should remember that, after the game, he went to the travelling fans to apologise. Maybe he should remember that he said sorry to his team-mates, the fans, and staff publically and promised to learn from his mistakes:

“I’d just like to turn back the time, but that’s not possible… Thank you to our unbelievable fans who held my back, even after the game. I don’t take that for granted and, once again, it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.”

We all make mistakes, both children and adults. Getting things wrong and failing is important, it helps us to see how we can improve. As long as we have the courage and spirit to be honest about our failures, learn from these mistakes and try our best to develop, mistakes become a vital part of the learning process.

Reflection is also about remembering great achievements: this year, 100 years after women over 30 gained the vote, those who fought for their rights have been rightly remembered. Just today, English Heritage have announced they will be commemorating the campaign work of these women in 40 key locations where suffragette meetings took place.

The final Lyonsdown Learning habit, reflection, helps the pupils of our School to look back and review their year – what have they achieved, what went well and what they would do differently next time. By doing so, they will be ready to make the next step in their journey.

All the best for a pleasant weekend.

C. Hammond