Headmasters Blog 15.02.2019
As I sit here writing, the sun is shining, I hear children having fun in the playground and there is a general feeling of optimism in the air. Could it be my assembly about the the importance and value of love, Valentine’s Day optimism or the realisation that half term is one day away? I prefer to assume that my assembly on Monday has resonated with our boys and that they have reflected on the message about treating others as they would like to be treated. This is very much embedded in the ‘Cumnor Way’ here at school and it has a distinct meaning that we explored together on Monday. It doesn’t suggest that we ‘treat others as we currently feel’ or ‘treat others as they treat us’. It is a very clear value that sets out a path for children to ‘treat others in the way they would like to be treated ‘.
I am sure, like me, you prefer to be treated in a pleasant and respectful manner and this therefore should be part of our own self orientation system to act positively towards others at all times. As ever, we must remember, that not everyone we meet is as happy or positive as we might be. It is my experience that when we find people or children acting in a negative manner, it is often rooted in something far deeper than an attempt to make us feel bad or cause harm. Which leads us on to one of our further ‘Cumnor Way’ values, ‘to forgive!’ It is human nature to make mistakes and something we all must accept and hopefully forgive, to be able to move forward positively.
Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like.
More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
Congratulations to our Under 10 rugby team, who on Saturday showed a quality of rugby that blew the opposition out of the water. With the addition of our new scrummage machine this week, we hope to see rugby at Cumnor continue to go from strength to strength.