Mr Jonathan Egan, kicked off his new position by holding a socially-distanced group assembly out on the back lawn at the Prep School. He spoke about his background and commitment to their education, before reminding pupils of the ethos of the school and cementing his ambition for our pupils.
It was a beautiful sunny day on the lawns of Brandeston Hall. He took the opportunity to introduce himself to pupils as well as reminding them about the core values of the school.
He said: “I have taught at some super schools and I have been very fortunate, however my first experience was probably the most profound as I started teaching in a school in Cape Town in South Africa. The children would come from all parts of the city from the wealthy suburbs to the slums of the townships, so some children would have all the uniform, and some would not even have shoes to walk in.
“Yet irrespective of their background they all had one thing in common and that was a desire to learn. It is this experience that focused my views.
“So, think carefully about what makes you happy and think about what success for you looks like. Happiness comes in many forms but being kind to one another is the best place to start and the success will be different for all of us as we all travel our own path.”
Mr Egan then went on to remind pupils of the core values of the Prep School which are:
He concluded: “So, this term, work hard and do your best, and take your opportunities, but most of all, embrace being kind to others. It is good for them, but ultimately good for you, because people will like and trust you more. And you, and those around you, will be happier.
“I hope you have a fantastic term and I can not wait to get to know each and every one of you. Thank you.”
Mr Egan also took the opportunity to outline the theme of the first term as: ‘Respect’ and told an inspiring story about his university days. Ask your child to tell you more about the story of respect Mr Egan delivered as part of his assembly.
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