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Principal’s Blog – 17th January 2016

Principal’s Blog – 17th January 2016

Well – proper snow this morning!  It has been a decidedly chilly weekend, so hopefully all the children will arrive with coats tomorrow!  We had such a mild December that we have got into the habit of expecting mild temperatures.  Today was a bit of a wake-up call!

I was fascinated today whilst listening to ‘Desert Island Discs’ to hear today’s Castaway,  Sir Anthony Seldon ‘s opinions on education – it was really interesting!  His views on what is and is not important in educating young people struck such a chord with me.  As Head of Wellington School, later Head of Wellington Academy he took the view that whilst formal exams have their place, other qualities are just as important.  He talks about ‘Eight Aptitudes’ these being Moral, Spiritual, Logical, Linguistic, Physical, Cultural, Social and Personal.  Recognition of these, underpinned by the Academy’s five core values of kindness, courage, integrity, respect and responsibility ensured that the young people were offered a holistic education.

How I agree with him!  Hartley has always taken the view that the ‘whole child’ is important and that academic success must be appropriately viewed and appropriately directed and celebrated.  There is so much more to a successful and rounded human being who will be a credit to society than the limited measures of intelligence we apply.   Human beings have multiple intelligences!

Apologies – a bit ‘heavy’ today.  From the sublime to the ridiculous – Mr Hollingworth is watching ‘Monty Python Live’ in another room and all I can hear is ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ – which is another excellent philosophy to aspire to!

Enjoy some proper winter weather next week!

Lorraine Hollingworth