The end of the year is upon us and that means Speech Night preparations, Reports, Picnic Day, and all the other end of year minutiae which press their claims at this, the busiest time of the year.
And the spirit of Christmas also begins to creep up on us. All those endlessly repeated Christmas songs, with their sometimes sentimental words, all sing about the warmth, love, family fellowship and generosity which accompany this most beautiful of festivals.
This is a time to celebrate, because the promise of Christmas is that the loving, intelligent, creative Divinity which guides the world is not just a Superman God Up in the sky, is it a bird? Is it a plane &. It is a warm, loving Presence that can work the remarkable magic trick of being born in a stable in extraordinary circumstances in mid-Winter to a young woman; with visitors both noble and commonplace; and with a final miraculous escape from danger and death. A new-born baby from another world, invulnerable to the machinations of a powerful, murderous King of this world.
It would be hard to think of a more moving way of illustrating the unshakeable power of truth, love and reality, against ignorance and cruelty.
On behalf of all the staff of the school and on behalf of Mrs Mane and I, I wish you all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing you all at Speech Night.