Christmas Reflection: Do Not Ask Your Children to Strive

I love this edition of the newsletter – it shows all of the fun that we had! 

As we break for Christmas, at the end of a hugely busy Autumn Term, I would like to take this opportunity to share the following poem with you, for all of our reflections. 


Do Not Ask Your Children to Strive 

By William Martin


“Do not ask your children

to strive for extraordinary lives.

Such striving may seem admirable,

but it is the way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find the wonder

and the marvel of an ordinary life.

Show them the joy of tasting

tomatoes, apples and pears.

Show them how to cry

when pets and people die.

Show them the infinite pleasure

in the touch of a hand.

And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.”


With every best wish for a magical Christmas time – hoping it is full of the ‘ordinary’ for you all.


Lucy Ball 

Deputy Head Teaching and Learning. 

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