Over the final 4 days of the half term holiday, the UK and many other Commonwealth countries around the world celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The School celebrated with a picnic and memorial tree and as a resident, I also attended the Fulneck Settlement street party on Saturday.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
“We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man … space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours.
I really enjoyed researching the life of Marcelo Bielsa for last week’s assembly. As you know, I’m not a Leeds fan and so knew very little about the man aside from the part he has played in the team’s recent success. I did finish by saying that it could be considered a frivolous choice in comparison to great historic leaders who have changed the direction of history. Football really isn’t that important. I had also recorded the assembly before the game involving Christian Erikkson, another reminder of what really does matter.
Last Tuesday, I asked you to consider the qualities that outstanding leaders possess and then agree as a group on the one figure – current or historic – who best demonstrates those traits. That’s not necessarily that the chosen leader will have shown all of those characteristics – leaders are humans not saints and consequently share the same human frailties as you and me.
In some ways it is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the murder of George Floyd. As we watched the video of his brutal final moments, we might have done so with as much fear of what violence might erupt as a consequence of the police actions as optimism for a brighter future.
FA Cup Final Day is no longer the national tradition it used to be, but what a goal it was to win the cup last Saturday! That was the stuff footballers’ dreams are made of. In fact, what Leicester City has achieved over the last 5 years in winning the premiership and now the FA Cup is beyond the wildest dreams of most the Foxes’ fans.
Good afternoon everyone, A new location for today’s assembly: a change is as good as a rest, as they say! Inevitably, the death and funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has dominated the media and many people’s thoughts over the last few days.
Welcome back everyone. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed your Easter break, though I know that our Year 11 and Upper Sixth students will have had less chance to relax. As I’m sure their teachers will be telling them this week, the mini-tests for our second round of assessments did arrive during the holiday and my colleagues will be busy preparing them for their next chances to impress.
For the last year, we have been told regularly that the Government is “following the science”. 12 months ago, very few of us would have heard of Professor Chris Whitty, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer and somewhat fortuitously an epidemiologist by trade, or his deputy, Professor Jonathan Van Tam, now known affectionately as JVT.
I will tell anyone who listens that The West Wing is the best drama ever made for tv. Aired between 1999 and 2006 (but all available on Netflix), it follows the fictional presidency of Democrat Jed Bartlet, played by Emmy and Golden Globe winning film star Martin Sheen.