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Creaking joints, aching backs, forgetful memories ... these are just some of the things we might associate with getting older. Mr Biggs, Headmaster of the College, put a different slant on the elder generation to the children on Monday. In assembly he talked about how amazing their connections with the past can be, that they will have exciting adventures and significant historical anecdotes to share. He encouraged us to take time to really listen and absorb tales ranging from just fun and curious to giving deep insight into why the world is the way it is today. “In order to know where you’re going, you need to understand where you have come from.”

It is a strange paradox that as we become increasingly adept at understanding the intricate machinations of the human and physical world we live in the amount of time we each have to put our burgeoning knowledge into practice is decreasing!!

Yesterday, I was chairing an IAPS regional Conference with some fascinating talks during the day including one from a Zimbabwean Headmaster who was full of judicious words of advice. It was a real pleasure to hear from someone who had such clarity of thought over life’s ‘big pictures’. The day ended with an evening retirement celebration for one of the longer serving Heads and at the dinner there were centuries of educational wisdom present such that I was minded to observe that I couldn’t remember having been in a room with so much collective sagacity before. One wag piped up that certainly several aspects of himself were prone to sagging these days!

I’ll see some of you at the tennis tomorrow and, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to sign up for the G & T event listed for the end of next week if you can make it.

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