Expect the unexpected
Fred de Falbe has an inspirational story
If, two years ago, you had suggested to a young Beestonite – let’s call him Sam – who joined us at the start of Year Six from a local primary school, that in Year Nine he would be going to an internationally famous boarding school he would have looked at you like you were mad, or unkind, at the very least.
Boarding under any circumstances was out of the question and being away from home (north Norfolk) equally implausible. Sam is a young sportsman, first and foremost, and it won’t surprise you to know he has won a sports scholarship.
However, the journey towards this point has been so much more than sport. What has happened over the last two years has been a slow but gradual process, with expectation but without too much pressure, only the gentle but firm application of marginal gains.
Sam has learned rugby and cricket; he has played as much football as he can manage in a rugby school. He has learned hockey too, his team making its way into the finals of a national competition. He has played some tennis, swum and competed in any athletics event you offer him.
What has really shifted though, is his attitude to school in the context of his own life and growing independence. When asked to be in a play he has stepped up.
When part of a singing group, he sings. In the house competitions he has heard the roar of fellow Romans and run faster – and roared for others, too. He has answered questions in quizzes, cleared lunch tables and sat in school councils.
He has been appointed prefect and welcomed guests; he has helped cook a meal for the head and his wife. Sam has taken up the many opportunities and from them gained much confidence, as well as enjoyment, through courage and risk-taking, of getting out of the comfort zone.
As the canvas of life has spread, Sam has leapt on these life-chances. How his life, its aspirations and possibilities have changed; this is prep school life at its very best – congratulations, Sam!
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