Headmaster’s Message Autumn Term – Week Two

Dear Parents,

As the second full week of term draws to a close I have been reflecting on the many activities and much learning achieved so far this term.

The children have brilliantly taken to our ‘New Cumnor Way’ Values:

  • Courage
  • Compassion
  • Belief
  • Endeavour
  • Integrity

I have delivered two assemblies covering the first two aspects, ’Courage’ and ‘Compassion’. The boys were engaged and articulate with their understanding of these important values. In class PSHEE lessons teachers have followed the assemblies with lessons supporting and exploring the values further. I look forward to discussing and learning about ‘Belief’ on Monday.

Complimenting this philosophy on Thursday, were the gifts the Prep school boys completed through their ‘Kindness Workshops’. Greig from 52 Lives Charity (https://www.52-lives.org/) spoke to our boys about Bertie. 52 Lives aims to change someone’s life every week of the year. It is based on the simple premise that people are good, and lots of good people working together can achieve amazing things. They believe that kindness has the power to change people’s lives, strengthen communities and ultimately change the world. Something I believe matches with my own view of Cumnor. People from all over the world can nominate someone in need of kindness. Every week they choose someone to help, share their story, request what they need and maybe change a life….or at the very least spread a bit of kindness. Our boys helped Bertie. One of the things that makes 52 Lives unique is that 100% of what people give goes to the person we are helping each week. Not a penny goes to 52 Lives. Thank you to Lynn Woodford for putting us in contact with Greig and for organising the morning.

Roald Dahl Day was also a brilliant success last Friday, the staff shared books with the children and were amazed by the characters the children were dressed as. Mr Camby the Cognita World Director of Education also dropped in for the morning and thoroughly enjoyed meeting our children in their costumes. Reading is extremely import ant for success in life, so please keep encouraging your children to not only read, but to love reading! Thank you to Miss Lloyd for organising the day!

Well done to all the boys who have taken part in fixtures, clubs and training events during the course of the last two weeks. It is extremely important to ensure children picked for teams attend as this shows loyalty to their team and fosters and an excellent team spirit with their peers. Staff members give up their own time to support children with extra-curricular activities and should be supported by the boys. If your son is in a team or joins a club please make sure they attend.

Have a fantastic weekend

Mr Daniel Cummings

Headmaster.

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