What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #16

“It’s so cold and wet!” “And dark – don’t forget the dark mornings, the ice and don’t even get me started on that slushy snow stuff.” As we approach half term, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what has been for many, a challenging time. This winter has felt particularly … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #16

What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #15

“We are a community”… words that have been adopted by many schools, to explain how they view not only themselves but more especially, how they look after each other. Another one, boarding schools have frequently adopted, is “Home away from Home”. I would like to explore what these two, often used catchphrases, really mean to … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #15

What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #14

“Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?” – the opening line of a hymn, called “Mary did you know?” After listening to this song all weekend long – I have the habit of playing a song over and over…it got me thinking – we really don’t know what … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #14

What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #13

Dear Parents, In a homily I once heard years ago, the priest referred to a few lines in the Apostles Creed – in essence, that Jesus was born, suffered, and died. He went on to suggest this rather sobering thought: Life is meant to tough and filled with suffering.      Now this could either fill … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #13

What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #12

Dear Parents, Last week, I challenged the children to be poets, artists, sculptures and singers. I also promised that I would write a poem for them, about Hazlegrove – which I shared on Monday morning in These Times. We need to all celebrate our uniqueness and our specialness! No excuses. No negativity. No criticism. (Parents, … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #12

What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #11

Dear Parents, Firstly, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your precious families a very happy New Year; and I hope that are all safe and well.  LOCKDOWN 2.0. Last year, when the announcement was made that schools would be closed and that children would have to engage in Remote Learning, we were … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #11

What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #10

I thought I’d strike while the iron is hot and continue in the spirit of self-reflection and contemplation. One of the blessings of the “good ‘ol days” was that very little happened on a Sunday. It meant of course, that families had time to slow down, catch their breath and re-charge their batteries. There is … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #10

What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #9

Dear Parents, “I’m super fantastic, thank you. How are you?” The standard response from my Headmaster, who I worked for when I started teaching, many moons ago. Ghandi may have been his inspiration: “Your beliefs become your thoughts,Your thoughts become your words,Your words become your actions,Your actions become your habits,Your habits become your values,Your values … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #9

What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #8

Vitalstatistix, the chief of the last Gaulish village to resist Roman invasion in the Asterix and Obelix comics, fears that the sky may fall on his head tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. Many of us live like this too – we believe that we will have a tomorrow and another one and another…we think we … More What really happens this side of the Cattle Grid: Blog #8