None of us are perfect. But we can work on our limitations by being open to new ideas, advice, and criticism – without reducing our self-esteem. The ability to do this builds up in us a huge reservoir of inner strength. And perhaps the most powerful example of this is the life of the Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi’s story is a journey of humbling self-dissection. He once famously said, “I claim to be a simple individual, liable to error like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

If Gandhi is an example of what a humble leader can accomplish, then society as a whole will surely benefit from this kind of behaviour. When we gain control of our ego, we become less likely to act aggressively, to manipulate others, to express dishonesty, and to destroy resources. Instead, we take responsibility for our mistakes and correct them. We listen to others’ ideas, and we keep our abilities in a humble perspective. 

This week, class assemblies at Blue Coat looked at what it means to be humble. They showed us that bragging and boasting makes nobody feel truly happy, but God wants us to be humble, and learn to be content with who we are – no more, no less. The children encouraged us to celebrate one another and to serve one another. After all, this is how we build a community where everyone is valued. These are the cornerstones of our school values. Children in Year 3HW, 4ES, 5AG, and 6JR displayed tremendous acting skills in helping us to understand. Each assembly focused on continuing to work through The Beatitudes from Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, and unpacking what it means to be truly happy.

In Pre-Prep, the Nursery and Reception children took part in a sponsored walk on Wednesday for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. They walked with pride and a real sense of getting on with the task at hand to support less fortunate children.

Across the School it was lovely to dive in and see swimming really getting back on track. Year 3 in particular showed great strength of character during their squad practices. Thank you to Miss Mockler and Mrs Barrowclift for putting the children so effectively through their paces.

Today, (Friday) I completed my Golden Table lunches for this half term. I have had so much fun and found out lots about the children’s likes and what we could do to improve the School further. I even found out much about family life; this is always a bonus. Many sleepovers are planned, and clearly, family members are coming to stay. It’s amazing what you collate over lunch, and Year 6 did not disappoint. Their chat was interesting and mature; the topics for discussion were engaging. Thank you, Year 6, for a lovely ending to this half term’s lunches.

This week, St Monica’s celebrated being top of the House charts. Well done to all the girls.

Thank you for your continued support of BCS.

Have a relaxing weekend.

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster