Dear Dr Welby,
introduce myself as a lifelong member of the Anglican Church, brought up in a
clergy home and, with two brief periods away, a communicant member of Anglican
churches throughout adult life.
years I've kept an eye on press coverage concerning you and your
predecessors. Have to say, being the Archbishop of Canterbury must be one
of the toughest jobs in the world. Whatever you do, at least 2/3 of your
members will disagree, whilst non-members will consider you irrelevant, out of
touch, or even evil.
One of my colleagues, of a similar age to me, told me of a recent conversation with one of our pupils, in which he was trying to explain what life was like in the days, well within our memory, before video recorders, let alone DVD, multichannel TV, on demand services such as Netflix and iplayer. "So what you're saying," the pupil asked, eyes open wide in sheer wonder, "is that, when you were my age, if you wanted to watch a certain programme, you had to be in at a particular time to do so?
Some months ago my head of year told me that a group of boys, including a
number from my tutor group and others from my maths group, were organising an
event to raise money for charity Fantastic! Pupils taking the
initiative, looking to help others whilst promoting a sense of community,
developing organisational skills and having fun all at the same time.
Which teacher wouldn't want actively to encourage this kind of undertaking?
And the event itself? A football match.
I was very pleased to be asked to speak, for the first time, at
full school assembly. Fixed points were the title, 'Who has control?'
and the Bible passage Luke 4:1-13, the temptations of Christ, which I
arranged to be read before I spoke. Please see below what I had ready,
had to make some real time cuts in order not to over-run but this is
pretty well what I said. Interested to know what you think! Very
pleased with a number of positive comments from colleagues and pupils,
and a very nice card from our headteacher - if you're reading this,
thank you, very much appreciated!
If memory serves correctly, when I was doing mock O levels (now GCSEs) in my 5th year (now year 11) we were only required to turn up when we had an exam to do, otherwise we were on exam leave. That has now changed - whilst doing mock GCSEs year 11 is required to be in school for the normal school day, if there isn't an exam scheduled in any particular time period, then they go to lessons as on the normal timetable, then to use the lesson time to revise.
So, what that means in practice is that, over the last two weeks, I've seen revision going on in a whole variety of subjects.
A belated happy new year to all my readers, I trust that 2019 will bring peace and happiness in all your endeavours, personal and professional.
I'm aware that I've somewhat neglected my blog recently, there are a number of reasons for this which I'm happy to discuss in private conversation. But I felt I did want to write a post today.
For the last few months I've been very pleased to be on the rota to lead the prayers at the 10.30am service at St James's Church, Bramley near Basingstoke.