22 June 2016
Message from the Head - Resilience
It is quite a Summer of sport, notably with the European Football Championships and the Olympics – although I did particularly enjoy England’s rugby series win over Australia at the weekend!
Someone once said that going to a sports event is like going to see a play which ends differently each time you see it. Sport is a tale of the unexpected, full of moments of drama, brilliance and inspiration but also carries the potential for mistakes which can be so painful and hard to accept.
There is a long way to go at the Euros and we are (fortunately) not yet near the high emotion of penalty shoot-outs - although they will surely come. What has been interesting is how many important late goals have been scored in the final minutes of matches so far. This is interesting as it tells us something about resilience.
Resilience is an underrated quality. It is about dealing with disappointment and failure but it is also about keeping going, never giving up and being determined to succeed. There is something thrilling about watching top sports people pushing themselves to the limit, stretching their fitness and stamina almost to breaking-point as they strive to succeed.
Students can learn something from this. They can prepare and revise, practice and perfect but in the end – the examination, the practical, the match – they may need to dig deep and push themselves past what they think their limits are.
So when we see a crucial late goal at the Euros it is not really about the much-lauded "marginal gains" but rather more about sheer desire, determination and effort – in short, resilience.
John Marston, Headteacher
Due to the poor weather forecast the barbeque will now be in the School Hall.Wednesday 29 June, 6.30-8.30PM - featuring DIDCOT SINGS
BBQ - Bar - Live Music - Raffle