I hope you had a lovely break last week during Half Term. Many of the pupils have had exams throughout the week and they will all thoroughly deserve to have a good break next week during Activities Week.
The theme for the week was all about challenge: ‘if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you’. The children talked about the challenges that they had faced recently whether falling off a horse and getting back on, revising for exams or working hard to get into a sports team.
Over half term my family were fortunate enough to watch Matilda: The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre. I’m not really a big musical fan but I have been converted. What an amazing show with great characters, script, comedy, special effects and fantastic songs. One of our pupils plays the lead role and her performance was breathtaking. I asked our West End star in Lower School Assembly if getting the part was a challenge? She replied that she had to go through 13 auditions over a long period of time and suffered a number of difficult setbacks along the way. Not put off by the challenge, she persevered and has now been asked to extend her contract!
I reminded the children that sometimes life gets tough and we are presented with obstacles. We might not succeed every time we try but that should not put us off from continuing to give our best. As test results start to be returned to the children in the coming weeks it is important for them to remember that challenge is good and that we should always be striving to improve. Learning and life in general is a marathon and not a sprint, so keep persevering just like Belmont’s own Matilda did.
Activities Week promises to be as exciting as ever and I would like to thank Lotte Goldthorpe for all of her efforts in organising such a promising week. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the weather! Thank you to all the teachers who will be supervising our Year 7 and Year 8 pupils in the Lake District and Cornwall respectively. Arguably visiting the two most beautiful places in England, the children will be faced with individual and team challenges but they will also have the most amazing time.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Ball on Saturday evening.