>I have just taken a quick squiz at this week’s newsletter and, my goodness, it’s rammed with a genuinely impressive array of events and goings on: it would seem that in some cases we have found more than 60 minutes in an hour and more than 24 hours in a day!
Following the excellent outcomes from the Taunton Music Festival we have recently been bowled over by yet another record year at the Drama Festival. Add to this the breadth of quality and full inclusion of the recent Year 6 production, the strong collection of awards at 11+ and 13+ for Art, DT, Music and Drama and the undeniable evidence is that King’s Schools are offering, supporting, leading and delivering a first class experience in regard to the creative and performing arts. This freedom of expression and encouragement of creativity is such a crucial strand to the development of children as they head into the (now clichéd) increasingly uncertain world ahead.
We are now through both the 11+ and 13+ Scholarship season which includes the disciplines above but also Academic and Sport opportunities. There is a list in the newsletter but, once again, we can feel so wonderfully proud of all the children who put themselves forward. Without exception, we have heard wonderfully warm tributes from senior schools about King’s Hall children. We hear great compliments about the presentation of themselves with charm and confidence but not bumptiousness, the full commitment to being their best when tested and a sustained sense of happiness whilst undergoing what is, by definition, a challenging experience.
Well done to all who were prepared to challenge themselves, enter a race knowing that they may not ‘win’ it at the end but able to take huge satisfaction from having set a new PB along the way. This quote from Steve Garvey (a successful Major League baseball player) is true of us all but particularly pertinent when you are young and coming to understand that more is in you: “You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.”
Well done, too, to the staff who have skilfully nurtured all these qualities as well as the talent in the children, in a good number of cases this has been since they were three years old!