Ex­pect the un­ex­pected

Fred de Falbe has an in­spi­ra­tional story

EDP Norfolk - - FROM THE HEADMASTER’S OFFICE -

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!

www.bee­ston­hall.co.uk 01263 837324 West Run­ton, Cromer, Nor­folk NR27 9NQ

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