Sep 09

Headmaster’s welcoming speech to 2017 Grade R intake



Good Morning Ladies and gentlemen, Educators and SMT members, and a special welcome to all our new Grade R learners.

I am sure some of you will have heard of the writer and poet Phinn, who also served for some years as a school inspector in England.

Phinn recalls once visiting a rural Yorkshire prep school, where he came across a piece of writing in small scrawling letters done by a little boy:

“I asked the boy if he had any help with it” Phinn reports.  “But the boy shook his head.  Well, it was something of a minor masterpiece that he had written, and I remember the words well:

Yesterday, yesterday, yesterday:

Sorrow, sorrow, sorrow

Today, today, today:

Hope, hope, hope

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow:

Love, Love, Love.

What a wonderful little poem, Phinn told him.  The boy thought for a while, say Phinn, and stared at me with large, sad eyes.  And then announced: ‘They are my spelling word corrections, Sir’.

A random collection of words collide on the page and create something quite meaningful.

Quite a lot of words have been written and spoken about Parkrand Primary School this year.  Here are some of them: distinguished, famous, unique, strict, posh the best school in the area, Alcatraz, Hogwarts.

Well, whether outrage or amused, There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about’ as Oscar Wilde famously said. So then how do we sum up Parkrand Primary School.

St Ignatius’ own words, in terms of education, he believed that education was principally ‘for improvement in living and learning, for the greater glory of God and the common good’.   This is the main aspiration which lies behind Parkrand Primary School and is what we are guided by at any school.   It describes an education which enables ‘human flourishing’ – a search for the best in each individual pupil, for their own personal benefit and for the benefit of others.  In Parkrand Primary school there is a deep respect for the individual, created in the image and likeness of God.   This is an approach which emphasises formation, acknowledging that it is the person we are becoming.

And so, first of all, Parkrand Primary School aims to develop young people in faith.

We encourage leadership in all our young people, so they may be a force for good.  We provide opportunities for boys and girls to take the initiative as they engage with the life of this community and with numerous projects throughout the year.