We were very fortunate to have two visitors in assembly at the Prep on Monday this week. Mr Davies, Headmaster at Halliford School, joined us and explained to us in vivid detail his involvement with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and provided a good number of examples of how the RNLI works tirelessly to keep us all safe when at sea or on the water more generally. There was an excellent quiz for the boys regarding water safety when near rivers, lakes and the coast. Mr Davies concluded his assembly by playing us a very beautiful piece of music on our piano, accompanied on the trumpet by a Year 10 pupil from his school. Naturally, water safety is very important for the boys to hear about, given so many Hampton Prep families live relatively close to the Thames and his message fits in perfectly with our theme for this half term of ‘Looking After Others’.
Mr Davies’ assembly was complemented very nicely this morning in the Prep by the boys in 6Ba. They inspired us all to consider further how to look after others, including our friends in the animal kingdom, and of course how looking after our natural environment plays an important part in that. They also referenced some famous individuals such as British sportsman and campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE, Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and Senegalese footballer Sadio Mané (amongst others) who have all worked tirelessly to combat racism, childhood inequality and destruction of the natural landscape. These are big ideas, and the boys included sensitive and moving material in their assembly.
We do not (and will not ever) shy away here from ensuring all the pupils at our school have every opportunity to understand the beauty and wonder of the world around them, alongside how they might respond when they are affected by anything in it less than that.