Rachel and I much enjoyed the BSA (Boarding Schools Association) conference this week. As always, it is a great opportunity to catch up with both prep school and senior school colleagues as well as to be privileged to hear some outstanding key note speeches. Two of these were delivered by long-standing friends of Windlesham. Lord Michael Hastings paid us several tributes in his plea for all independent schools to take up the mantle of social responsibility. Steve Chalke, very much on the same theme, gave us the accolade for being the launch pad for his amazing initiative INSPIRE. This is a nationwide scheme to bring the whole of the UK’s school children together as a symbol of peace, two days before the world celebrates the centenary of Armistice Day on Sunday, 11th November.
At Windlesham we have already pledged to support Steve Chalke’s drive to involve all independent schools. A lovely mosaic of a dove is already almost complete and will soon have pride of place in our Chapel.
Lord Michael Hastings has kindly agreed to be our Guest of Honour at our Remembrance Service on 11th November.
We have also received the amazing news that that both our Eton scholarship candidates had done outstandingly well and are on the Eton Roll as King’s Scholars. King’s Scholarships are possibly the most prestigious academic awards any boy can dream of winning. I found it very hard to contain my delight when I told the boys their wonderful news. It was a memorable moment. They are of course to be very warmly congratulated and it is cause for much celebration. I salute all those who have taught and helped prepare these boys. To have 1 boy on the Eton Roll is a big achievement for a school, so to have 2 boys from Windlesham on the same Roll is an achievement that ranks as high as any other in my long career as a Prep School Headmaster.