Postman’s Park is a public garden in central London, a short distance north of St Paul’s Cathedral. This former churchyard has nothing whatsoever to do with Postman Pat, nor his black and white cat, Jess. It has become a much more sombre place than Greendale.
Having opened in 1880, ten years later the Park became the location for George Frederic Watts’s Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice. The famous Victorian artist founded there a memorial to ordinary people who died while saving the lives of others – and who might otherwise be forgotten.
No new tablets have been placed in the cloisters of the erstwhile GPO HQ for a decade or so, but a recent act of heroism has reawakened interest in the Park, which may, it seems, soon be dedicated in its entirety to acts of heroism.
You may have read or heard about the death in London of 20-year-old Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole who jumped into the River Thames last week in an attempt to save a woman from drowning. She survived. He did not.
This self-sacrifice, the ultimate type, was Heroic with a capital letter. But it reminds me that we are all capable of acts of kindness, even if they begin with a lower case ‘k’.
‘Kindness’ was the theme of my Pre-Prep assembly this week. Of course, we must always encourage our children to be selfless and to put others before themselves. This is not an easy concept but one that we should all strive for. If ever somebody has been kind to us, we know how much it means…
On the subject of doing something to help others, I must take this opportunity to congratulate all the children for raising nearly £6,000 for the Let’s Feed Brum Charity. There were many notable achievements; children will be receiving a Headmaster’s award in due course but this is a blanket ‘well done’ and thank you for putting others first.
I must mention 8-year-old Diya who has carried out a selfless act for a good cause. Last Saturday she donated 14 inches of her beautiful hair to the Little Princess Trust. The Charity provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. Well done Diya, we are very proud of you.
Meanwhile, the time seems to be flying by with Week 2 of the Trinity term completed. This week I was delighted to be present at a wonderful Year 3 (Friday)/ Year 4 (Thursday) music recitals. Dare I say it: life is moving slowly towards normality, whatever that is now!
The recitals were excellent, as we have come to expect. The children demonstrated a true love for their instruments and their musicianship is developing apace. Well done to all the performers and to Mr Nicklin and Ms Akehurst for organising the event. The first of many we hope.
This week, I enjoyed spending time with Year 4 at the Golden Table. They were confident and showed admirable table etiquette (surely a form of kindness in itself). The reasons for them being selected for the table? Trying hard in all lessons, organisational skills, and, possibly the most important, for being kind. This four letter word is sometimes overlooked, but it should be at the core of what we do.
The theme was reinforced in the Early Years Curriculum, where our youngest children/explorers were going on a Mini Beast hunt as part of their learning. Much was learned, not least particularly being kind to God’s creatures and environment. – great stuff at such an early age!
The House point system is an integral part of our weekly celebration of school life, and to finish off the week in my Headmaster’s assembly, Mr Newman, delivered the important House Cup points. The winners were St George’s House, well done to the boys and Mr Hill.
Tonight, as we find out if we can become the Times Prep School of the Year, we celebrate exciting times. Whatever happens, we must be thankful for all that we have here at BCS – a wonderful community of individuals who together are unbreakable.
Happy Bank Holiday weekend, everyone!
Oh, and did you try to spot the pictorial link between the Great Fire Of London and the gardening activities of Year 1 in my Update last week?
The plant was a PYROcanthus. Flame-coloured and named after the Greek word for ‘fire’!
Wishing you all a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend.
Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster