Triumph and Disaster…..two Imposters!!

Elmhurst School for Boys

15th January 2016

A very Happy New Year to all of you, welcome back to school!

At this time of year my thoughts are inevitably with our Year 6 boys, as they near the culmination of all their hard work, as the Independent Schools hold their Entrance Exams.

With this in mind I approached Assembly on Monday with thoughts about “Success and Failure”.

Kipling said “If you can meet Triumph and Disaster and treat these two imposters just the same; Yours is the Earth and everything in it.”

I am always delighted to see how children can get caught up with a theme, in the space of one assembly they had decided that both success and failure indicated just one point in time not the end of a journey.  They agreed that the word “failure” was only temporary,  merely a setback that provided another opportunity to achieve a success.

The boys were so optimistic and when they considered where their experience of success and failure could led them, well,  the list was endless….they could be Geologists, train drivers, astronauts, doctors, Lego builders……..almost anything!

I left this assembly with a smile on my face,  knowing that the boys do indeed face these two “imposters” just the same and that they have such exciting futures ahead of them.

Charles South
15/01/2016

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