St Peter's School

24 January 2019

With much to celebrate and note in this morning’s assembly, I will keep my remarks brief. After the trial exams for the Fifth Form and Upper Sixth, it is good for us all to be gathered together again. With Parents’ Evenings this week for both of those year groups, it is a natural time to be looking ahead to the summer and no doubt the Upper Sixth will be noticing how quickly their final year at school is starting to go by. It is one of the cruel ironies of life that for many the best year of their time at school can go by in a blur and so it is important to make time to pause, reflect and enjoy it to the full. In the words of that eminent philosopher, Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

I said in Chapel on the first day of term that some of you will have a good idea as to what you think life holds in store and many of you will not but wherever we may be in life there are certain core principles I have always found very useful and which I thought I would share with you this morning.

  • When faced with two choices, always choose the one which is more challenging and difficult. After all – where is the satisfaction in doing what is easy?
  • The things we do for others are always more rewarding than the things we do for ourselves. Volunteer, do community service, help with fund-raising.
  • This too shall pass. A tough message this one as it means that both the good times as well as the bad times will pass. So enjoy the good times and don’t worry about the bad ones, as they will go by.
  • In your future life and careers remember the need to balance three legs of a stool. Whatever job you do must satisfy three needs: material, intellectual and spiritual. Material needs – it must give you the income you need to be happy. Intellectual - it must stretch your brain or you will be bored. Spiritual - it must mean something or the hours and effort will not be worthwhile. For what it is worth, teaching is the perfect blend of all three and I commend it to you unreservedly.
  • Plan ahead – get your ducks in a line – and think of the consequences of your decisions and actions.
  • Play what’s in front of you. Try not to worry about the past – it is gone and don’t fret about what has not happened yet.
  • Finally, always do what is right and not what is easy. Life is an amazing gift. Our time on earth is but a cosmic sneeze but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make the most of it, do our best and pass it on as best we can.

So, make sure you make the most of the opportunities available to you at Peter’s. Have a good end to the week and a very enjoyable Exeat weekend.