Message from Ian Robinson, head, Middle Division
To parents of boys in Forms 6 and 7:
Glorious sunshine comes with few clouds. Extreme cold also comes with few clouds. And so, our days are beautiful but frigid. We should not complain except to look after our families and, as far as the Prep is concerned, ensure that if our sons are sick, they are not sent to school but are cared for at home. Not easy for everyone, we know, and actually frequently not easy for anyone. But, it’s important as we try to control the entry of illness into the Prep as much as we can.
Although I’ve mentioned this often before, let me repeat that these are busy days for our boys. As we struggle to challenge the students at the Prep, we must always be cognizant of the fact that their days are full at school and very often are full when not at school. A group of us were debating this last week in a meeting, struggling to come to terms with what approaches would help to alleviate some of the pressures on the boys, which sometimes lead to stress and other issues. If any of you have opinions or thoughts that would help us, please send them to me because this remains a concern. In the interim, I know that our internal discussion will continue.
With Form 6 classes going to Norval, with the Colour House Debating Contest having started, with the rehearsals for the musical also under way and with tournaments and athletic fixtures very regular occurrences – just ask the Form 6 boys involved in the hockey and basketball tournaments last Friday and Saturday – one might think that the academic side of Prep life might have to give way. Not at all. Teaching continues, of course, and your son’s teachers have also been working hard writing the first full report of this 2014-2015 academic year. They will be available towards the end of this month. More on that in a future issue of Heads Up.
Do remember that this Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m, the annual Norval Winter Family Open House is taking place and offers an opportunity to visit this exceptional facility as a family. And a final reminder to all of you that tomorrow’s assembly will be for the most part a presentation by Fred Eaton, Prep parent of two boys, describing his experiences as a member of the expedition that discovered one of Franklin’s ships last summer. Having seen his presentation for the Primary boys a month ago, I can assure you that it is absolutely fascinating. I urge you to attend if you can. The Assembly starts at 8.30 a.m. and will be finished by 9.15 a.m.
Enjoy January and the cold – if you can! Very best wishes to all.