First Year. First Impressions.

How many times have you been told that this has been a strange year? If I had said less than eighteen months ago that you will spending nearly a whole term learning in remote, virtual classrooms, that video conferencing, Zoom and break out rooms and blended learning with your teachers and parents working closely together, often all in the same room, you would have probably looked back at me with a puzzled look on your face, thinking that I had gone completely mad. That you would be washing your hands at least ten times a day, wearing a face mask and following a one-way system around the school, playing and learning in separate ‘bubbles’ you might think I was from a different planet – some of you might still think that…. Yet here we are, at the end of the academic year 2020, 2021, having achieved so much.

It has been a strange (there is that word again) first year as Headmaster at Durston House. Despite the complexities, I have enjoyed myself immensely and have been very impressed with both pupils and staff. Here is a little list of my first impressions on the strengths of Durston House School:

Diverse, dedicated, disciplined, discerning, driven, dynamic

Upbeat, undaunted (fearless, intrepid, indomitable), unequal, unpretentious, unselfish, unwavering.

Resilient, Razor sharp (quick-witted, very clever), reliable, resourceful.

Scholarly, Sedulous, self-effacing, Self-disciplined, shining, skilful, smiley, smart, sociable, sparkling, splendiferous.

Talented, thoughtful, thorough, tolerant, trustworthy, tremendous.

Open-minded, obliging (showing readiness to do favours to others) outgoing, outstanding, optimistic.

Natty (neat, smart and fashionable, dapper and tidy), neighbourly, nimble-witted, noble (showing or having qualities of high moral, rank or dignity), noteworthy.