That First Impression…

Elmhurst School for Boys

9th January 2012

Happy New Year to you all! As you can read on the school news page, we have been blessed by a new member of our family over Christmas – our daughter Sybella born on 22nd December. So we’ve not had a relaxing break exactly, but a very happy one!

If you ask your son how I looked as I walked into assembly this morning, he will say (I think) that I was scruffy. My shirt was untucked, my tie undone, laces loose and shirt cuffs link-less. Thankfully, the boys helped show me how to smarten up. (Though I was a little concerned at the boy who thought I still looked scruffy at the end…!)

My unkemptness was not related to our new baby, by the way! My point was - you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. And we have a number of boys in Year 6 in the next few weeks who will want to make a good first impression as they go for interview at their prospective secondary schools. Of course, it’s not just about clean shoes and brushed hair. It’s about boys having the chance to show who they really are, and convey their enthusiasm for whatever interests them. It’s nerve-wracking for the boys before they go in, but almost always, each boy comes away from an interview feeling that he has had the chance to make a really good impression.

I’m a big fan of the interview process, and I wish all our Year 6 boys good luck for their exams and assessments.

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