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25th June 2014

A few weeks ago, the Head Master, Mr Moule, talked to the boys about a theme that I had also addressed in a previous assembly - the importance of experiencing failure and facing challenge to really be able to succeed in life. He spoke, in particular, about Abraham Lincoln, and how he failed many times, in business, in love and in politics, before becoming, arguably, the greatest US President. Lincoln is credited with many famous quotations, any number of which should be inspirational for our boys. One of my favourites is his line that "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be".

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2nd June 2014

As I write, the boys and teachers are just enjoying their last lesson before a well-earned break, although this will probably reach you after half-term when they have had that break and are, hopefully, recharged and ready for the remainder of term! In the last few weeks a great deal has happened. Summer started, and shone briefly, but now it seems it is over. Having said that a lot of Cricket has happened with barely any fixtures succumbing to the rain . . .

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6th May 2014

I hope you all had a very good Easter holiday and May Bank holiday weekend and are refreshed and ready for the remainder of the Summer Term. I know that many of the boys enjoyed excellent school trips over the Easter holiday. Those who went on the French Trip to Burgundy impressed all they met. Mrs Faulkner tells me that they were lauded as the best school group in 15 years! . . .

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17th March 2014

At last we have some good weather, and not a moment too soon. I had almost forgotten how lovely it feels to have some sunshine. It is very good news for our sports pitches too, as they have the chance to dry out after weeks of rain. And for Y7 and Y8 boys the chance to play on the Inky pitch is just around the corner. This half-term Bedford Prep pupils have been very productive, and I would like to recap the highlights . . .

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18th February 2014

Great American poet, Henry Longfellow said “the best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” We have been doing that at Bedford Prep and getting on with what we need to get on with, undaunted, but it has to be said – it really has rained! This has in no way dampened the spirit of the Prep School boys and teachers. They have been just as busy and positive as they are when it’s sunny (although it is hard to remember a time when it was sunny!) . . .

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23rd January 2014

Albert Einstein once said that "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Life in the Prep School has been moving very rapidly since the start of term. It seems scarcely credible that it has only been two and a half weeks since the end of the Christmas holidays. It has been a superb few weeks in the Prep School. I am always impressed by the way the boys (and staff) throw themselves into everything they are doing, and try their best at everything . . .

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8th January 2014

I would like to start by wishing you a very Happy New Year and I hope that you had a lovely Christmas. A consoling thought, as the joys of Christmas fade and winter becomes a harsher reality, is provided by Percy Bysshe Shelley who wrote: "O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?" This is of course the Spring Term, so let's hope Shelley is right after the horrible weather which has caused such devastation throughout the land.

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Bedford Prep - Conkers  

9th December 2013

'Movember' has faded, unsightly moustaches have been expunged and December is here. In the words of Dr Seuss, a favourite of my sons, "How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" December is here, bringing with it the daily excitement of the advent calendar and the promise of the Christmas holidays not too far away . . .

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19th November 2013

In taking a few brief moments after Evening Prayer on Sunday evening, at which Eagle House boarders were the duty house, to reflect on what has happened so far since I last wrote, I feel I can sum up the whirlwind of a second half of term so far with the word “performance”. Prep School boys have been excelling on stage, in the EMH, on the sports field, in Chapel, in the classroom, at either end of a table tennis table, either side of a badminton net, at the sharp end of a general knowledge grilling and even at a whole School event in the Great Hall . . .

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Canoe building  

7th November 2013

I hope you all enjoyed spending some time with your boys over half-term. Thanks to those who have sent postcards - please feel free to do this any time you are on holiday as it is always interesting to hear what the boys have been up to. I am especially jealous of those of you who went to Crete and Antigua - it's a tough life! I hope that your holiday was not like comedian Tim Vine's, who said "I've just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again!" I hope that the boys are refreshed for another busy and formative six weeks . . . 

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13th October 2013

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."  Henry David Thoreau

What an incredibly busy ten days it has been at BPS since I last wrote the Whinchat "Weekly". To really do it justice I would probably have to write for the next ten days, but I will give you a flavour of the great things that the boys (and staff and parents!) have been doing . . .

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30th September 2013

In the last newsletter I hailed the beginning of Autumn, but I am glad to say that the summer has had a very welcome stay of execution, especially last weekend which witnessed balmy sunshine.

In assembly this week I asked the boys to think about the nature of leadership and about how they can develop their own leadership skills, so that they are able take on significant roles in different areas of life after they have left school . . .

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18th September 2013

The changing weather has signalled the beginning of Autumn, an exciting time in school life when conkers fall, the rugby season kicks off properly and blackberries are ripe for the picking. We mustn't mourn the summer too much, and I would rather subscribe to the view of the Nobel Prize-winning philosopher (and Algerian goalkeeper) Albert Camus who saw Autumn as "a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

The first full week back at school has been as purposeful and busy as the first few days and the boys are already settling into the rhythms of school life . . .

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