Headmaster's Weekly Comment: 17/08/12 - image  on https://www.johncolet.nsw.edu.au

Headmaster’s Weekly Comment: 17/08/12

Well, the Infants Shakespeare is upon us!  This week the children have given two dress rehearsals for the Primary children (and the Headmaster), and I can report that they are excellent.  The fire has skewed all of the school’s activities around, not least the infants Shakespeare Festival; and it is minor miracle that we have been able to bring it off at all…
The teachers have worked extremely hard with wonderful support from devoted parents.  They are all to be warmly congratulated.
And of course the children have really stepped up and are living examples of those core school values of giving their best, caring for others, serving themselves, their classmates and the audience and, with Shakespeare’s words in their mouths, really telling the truth. 
Because Shakespeare is not only vastly entertaining, he is not only a poet for the ages whose appeal never dims, he not only encapsulates the full range of human experience on every level; but he is also a font of limitless wisdom:

All the world’s a stage.
Hold a mirror up to nature.
The quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.

These are just some of the lines from next week’s plays.  With these words learnt by heart and etched in their memories the children develop a broad vocabulary of timeless wisdom.

As one of the children said many years ago:  Break an egg!
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