It’s a new year and the celebrations witnessed on New Year’s Eve around the world were again centred on spectacular fireworks displays and a feeling of optimism and hope. So why do we always feel so optimistic on New Year’s Eve? What is it that prompts us to make decisions that, we hope, will change our lives for the better?
An article in the Times’ Weekend supplement on Saturday 16 September by an anonymous mother described how her daughter suffered horrifically from bullying at an all-girls’ boarding school. The school was not named and so had no right of reply, but the experience described appeared very real and there is no reason to believe that it is anything other than an accurate account.
In recent months my wife and I have re-watched, not for the first time, all seven series of the West Wing. In the first series there is an episode where Mallory, daughter of the Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry, berates Sam Seaborn for a position paper he has written advocating private school vouchers.
Back in November Truro High School held a fundraising dinner at the Idle Rocks in St Mawes. A few weeks before this, Sarah Lillicrap, our Director of Marketing, suggested to me that one of the auction lots should be the chance to be Head for the day.
Recently my wife and I have been indulging in a little nostalgia and inflicting a whole host of films from the 1980s upon our daughter. She and I have certainly enjoyed this opportunity to reminisce, though the reaction of our daughter has been mixed, though Ghostbusters and The Goonies seemed to have gone down quite well with her.
The phrase ‘first time buyer’ usually brings to mind taking the first steps on the property ladder and the leap into home ownership. Buying your first home is an exciting if, often, all-consuming experience. No matter how well prepared you are, it is unfamiliar territory and requires a great degree of self-assurance to take the first step into the unknown.
If you’re old enough, you’ll remember the television show called The Good Life, which ran from 1975 to 1978. The basic premise of the series was that a couple gave up their middle class lives to become self-sufficient – that is, self-sufficient in Surbiton. Of course, they happened to live next door to a couple with whom they could be constantly contrasted.
There is no question more designed to annoy a teacher than, 'Will this be in the exam?' At the root of the frustration teachers will feel at the moment these soul-sapping words are uttered is the thought that every minute element of their subject is utterly fascinating. So, how could this question possibly be relevant?