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  • 09/03/20


    Sunday 8 March, marked International Women’s Day and this year’s theme focuses on equality.  Equality is such an eminently fair and sensible concept that it seems odd that we still have to make this point in 2020: but we do. The scope of debate currently taking place about...
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  • 23/01/20

    Human Resolve

    As I mentioned in my last blog, I’m not a big believer in new year’s resolutions but I do want to give some thought to the more powerful concept of human resolve.  While a degree of human resolve is needed to stick to a new year resolution, resolve is actually a quality that we migh...
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  • 09/01/20

    New Year, New Connections

    The close of one year and the start of another often makes us reflect on what has been and what lies ahead, despite the fact that none of us really changes significantly as the minute-hand passes midnight and the new year begins. I have never been a fan of the hype around New Year’s Eve but I...
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  • 28/11/19

    The Power of Cognitive Diversity

    It is interesting how often we can gain insight into something of wider significance from things that happen in our daily life.  It occurred to me recently that there is a lot of debate (and I’ll stick with the word ‘debate’ rather than ‘argument’) in our house...
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  • 18/11/19

    More Than the Sum of Our Parts

    Since I became The Head at St John’s – over two years ago now – I have been giving a lot of thought to what it is that defines us.  What sort of community are we?  What does it mean to be part of St John’s as a young person who will learn and grow here, as a colleag...
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  • 04/09/19

    And We Have Lift-Off...

    During the summer holidays we’ve just enjoyed, it was the 50 year anniversary of the first moon landing. What a truly incredible feat. As the familiar old news footage of the moon landing was replayed across modern media outlets to mark the anniversary, I realised the extent to which we have g...
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  • 06/06/19

    Are You A Superhero?

    On the last bank holiday Monday, something quite surprising happened to me - I found myself close to tears while watching Avengers: End Game. This was not something I expected to happen!  I’m not a particular fan of the marvel characters, although some of the films have entertained me ove...
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  • 21/05/19

    Knowledge and Memory

    Summer Term in school inevitably means our thoughts turn to exams.  Over the coming weeks, many of our pupils will reach the pinnacle of their acquired knowledge to date on different topics and subjects and I have been talking to them about the fascinating ways that our brains commit that knowl...
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  • 08/05/19

    Personal Authenticity

    We recently held our spring Open Events at St John’s. At these events, I introduce St John’s to the families who are thinking of joining us and, during my talk, I set out some of the things that we consider integral to the personality and ethos of our school.  I spoke to many parent...
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  • 28/02/19

    Be 10% Braver

    Sometimes we learn something about ourselves when we’re least expecting it.  During the February half term holiday, I was lucky enough to go skiing with my family.  Much as I was looking forward to it, I came to skiing as an adult and my desire for self-preservation has always outwei...
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  • 06/02/19

    Decisions, decisions...

    Last week I watched ‘The Imitation Game’ which, with some Hollywood ‘artistic licence’, tells the story of Alan Turing’s recruitment, in 1939, to the newly created British intelligence agency MI6 to crack Nazi codes, including the supposedly unbreakable Enigma and it sp...
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  • 17/01/19

    The Problem of Perfectionism

    Perfectionism is a topic which has received a lot of attention in recent years, especially amongst those of us who work with children, and I’ve recently been talking to our pupils about what it might mean to them.
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