Headmaster's Blog

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  • Published on 29/11/19 by Natalie Hunt

    Learners for Life

    I am enjoying observing lots of lessons currently. Mr Anderson and I focussed at the beginning of the month on core PE, and we were very pleased to witness pupils’ very positive attitudes towards the curriculum, as well as the impressive progress they were making. I am now seeing all the new t...
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  • Published on 22/11/19 by Natalie Hunt

    Consideration

    Our Royals are not having a great time currently. Prince Andrew has been pilloried for showing little contrition in what was described as a ‘car crash’ of an interview. And Meghan and Harry have been criticised for apparently being over-sensitive towards media intrusion. If you’re...
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  • Published on 15/11/19 by Natalie Hunt

    Quite extraordinary!

    I wrote last week about ‘routine’. Well, this week has been far from it!
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  • Published on 08/11/19 by Natalie Hunt

    The same old routine

    I wonder if you read recently about Davis Vilums, the Latvian computer programmer who moved to London seven years ago, and has just completed a five-year mission to cycle every street in Central London, recording his journeys on Endomondo and colouring in a ‘Super Scale’ A-Z as he went...
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  • Published on 01/11/19 by Natalie Hunt

    Me, myself and I

    I have recently taught a Year 7 Latin class the word for ‘I’. Many of you will know that it is ‘ego’, and we all will have heard people being described as having ‘a big ego’ or possibly being called ‘egotistical’ or self-centred. My young classicists w...
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  • Published on 25/10/19 by Natalie Hunt

    Measuring success and happiness

    Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph online included an interesting graphic which mapped independent schools’ GCSE grades against their termly fees. I am pleased to report that LGS fared particularly well, sitting towards the most positive extreme of the quartile reflecting ‘Low Fees High Gra...
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  • Published on 11/10/19 by Natalie Hunt

    It's OK not to be OK

    Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. Pupils and staff were asked to contribute their thoughts on what they did when they felt down or stressed and to highlight what they were grateful for. These were then strung together around the main foyer to form a colourful, practical and very positive displa...
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  • Published on 04/10/19 by Natalie Hunt

    Master of my fate and captain of my destiny

    Whilst I was very pleased to return to LGS yesterday, it’s also good to get out of school every so often to freshen my perspective and to learn from others. The 150th Anniversary HMC Conference in London certainly provided such an opportunity, and I was able to benefit from some excellent spea...
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  • Published on 27/09/19 by Natalie Hunt

    Where to next?

    I hope that many of you were able to attend the Careers Fair on Wednesday evening. It was my first experience of such an occasion at LGS, and I was impressed by the number and range of opportunities represented. There was a real ‘buzz’ of conversation, and stalls were piled with prospect...
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  • Published on 20/09/19 by Natalie Hunt

    The Power of Praise

    I imagine that many of us are not terribly good at receiving praise. We may deflect it by saying something like: “It was really a team effort” or “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time”. Whilst this might be the ‘modest’ response, I have learn...
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  • Published on 13/09/19 by Natalie Hunt

    We're all in this together

    I often think that a school is a bit ‘soulless’ during the holiday, as it is the people, especially our pupils, who lend it life! So, what a joy it has been to see so many smiling faces and to experience the buzz and excitement of renewed activity over the last week.
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  • Published on 28/06/19 by Natalie Hunt

    The Power of Language

    “Teenagers are gonna wanna do their v best in exams but gotta be thinkin about not using too much slang.” So began one of the articles in the Times on Wednesday. According to an online tutoring agency, ‘slanglish’ is partially to blame for teenagers failing their Engli...
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