From the Headmaster's Desk

On Wednesday, I had the privilege of being in the audience for Lyonsdown’s inaugural ballet recital. A first for the School and a first for those brave Reception girls who took part, it was wonderful to see children enjoying and benefiting from something new.

Considering new things is apt at this time of the year. Whereas Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, Easter celebrates His rebirth. Some of us may enjoy chocolate eggs, but it is important not to forget that this is just a tasty symbol of a very important message. Our end of term assembly explored this message, its links to Passover and the centrality of believing in doing things better, in a new way of life. The assembly was followed by our FLS Easter bonnet parade, egg hunt and raffle – my thanks to all parents for supporting these events and, in particular, the FLS Committee and volunteers; such things would not be possible without your efforts.

There have been many firsts this term: our first evening Upper School concert, our first hockey lessons and our first food waste week… the list goes on. Our Year 2 boys and Year 6 girls have also taken another big step in their lifelong learning journey, as they begin to prepare to move to their Senior Schools. One term left at Lyonsdown: this is not a time to slow down one’s learning and development in any year group, but a chance to make the most all the opportunities that those final weeks will bring.

The English Romantic poet, John Keats, said that “nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.” True, a School must practically implement new ideas, but it takes imagination and initiative to formulate these ideas to begin with. This is where involving all stakeholders is vital: communication with parents and governors, the School Council and Eco Council breeds original thought. Not all suggestions are possible, of course, but more macaroni cheese at lunch, and a playground clock are all examples of how such ideas are valued at Lyonsdown. This week’s special assembly with our architects is the start of a process whereby children will design their dream classroom; I cannot promise a water slide around the outside of the building, but I hope that all our children feel listened to, as they always are. Discussing an unusual idea with an adult might be daunting for a child, but do encourage them to speak up – my office door is always open and I know how much all Lyonsdown teachers love to hear original thoughts.

The Easter holidays are a chance to rest, recuperate and, perhaps, explore something for the first time; a new book is an absolute must for all Lyonsdown children. Be it at home or abroad, with friends or family, all the best for a relaxing break.

C. Hammond