THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Fred is awaiting the judgement of the school inspectors
LAST month I mentioned the importance of thinkers, doers and dreamers, which might seem a little floppy from a leader of a school where we are judged wholly and ultimately on results and judgements – the number of scholarships and successes achieved is running at a recordbreaking 65% this year.
As I write a yet more important judgement is upon us in the shape of the independent schools’ inspectorate, whose report will be published by the time you are reading this.
The assumption is that delayed gratification – often undervalued in a world where we expect to wait for scarcely anything – is a sweet sensation. Join me in finding out, as you read the report when it comes out.
To join these two threads is my main purpose this month: that is, to champion the thinkers and the dreamers because, in the bustle of today’s life, taking stock; having the chance to reflect on what has just happened, or might be going to happen, is much harder.
I read recently ‘how everything happens fast now but nothing actually happens’ such that ‘we are hit by wave after wave [of breaking visual news] but never see the ocean.’
Without giving the game away, Beeston was praised for allowing children to walk on the beach in the evening; this capacity to create our own internal canvas rather than simply absorb others’ (on Pinterest, Whatsapp or Instagram – whatever is on that 15” screen) is part of the vital business of reflection and recharging.
This is, quite literally, thinking ‘outside the box’ – a skill increasingly in demand in tomorrow’s world.
Fred de Falbe, headmaster at Beeston Hall School, West Runton beestonhall.co.uk 01263 837324