Great Idea!

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12th November 2012 | Headmaster's Blog

Great Idea!

In assembly this morning we spoke about ideas.

This “idea” of mine had been prompted by a quote I read recently from Eleanor Roosevelt.

She wrote: “ Small Minds discuss people
Average Minds discuss events
Great Minds discuss ideas”

A quote that resonates as much today as it did then. It could be said that, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks fit rather neatly into the first line.

The Internet and TV provide much of the second line.

In addition each of those first two lines reflect on something reactive. They can also be one of life's distractions that stop us from taking time to relax and just think.

But Idea’s - these are something unique and completely personal.

Idea's and questions can range from:

What do you call a male ladybird?
Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of its container?

to the more serious:

How can I make an impact on the world?
What would I like to be remembered for?
Why do innocent people suffer?

and the “big one” – What is the Meaning of Life?

I am delighted to say some of our boys had ideas as to the answer that ranged from “fun” to “being here to see the world”.

How wonderful to have an idea as to the “Meaning of Life”.

I feel sure that all our boys will have lots of idea’s that will enrich their lives and those of the people around them.

Charles South

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