Thought For The Day – Friday 31st March 2023
Today we say a massive thank you, and very best wishes to, Mr. Stark, Assistant Headteacher, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Year, for all his outstanding work for The Bishop’s Stortford High School. The whole community, for many years, greatly benefited from, and were enriched by, Mr. Stark’s wise, thoughtful, devoted, caring, kind, creative, resilient, dynamic and inclusive leadership of students and staff in his various academic, pastoral and safeguarding leadership roles. The sixth form are, and is, so absolutely vital to the school. In an excellent speech to the staff yesterday, Mr. Stark characteristically thanked everyone but himself. Thank you for everything, Mr. Stark.
It has been another fabulous term at TBSHS. This is detailed in another excellent edition of “The Mitre”, compiled by Mrs. Miles and Mrs. Radford. This will also be reflected is another superb Final Assembly today.
Schools are a team of three groups of people all working together.
Thank you to Mr. Reeve, the governors and staff in every area of the school on each day of the week for all the plethora of wonderful opportunities they offer, and the countless and ceaseless hours they give to ensure the very highest standards, care and educational engagement, enlightenment, empowerment and enjoyment.
Schools are most certainly nothing without the students. Thank you to you, the brilliant students, for making the most of these opportunities and showing wonderful commitment, aspiration, respect, integrity and community. In leading and contributing, being responsible and resilient learners and caring for others, you inspire the staff and other students, give back to your families, and create your future. Good luck to those preparing for important examinations this vacation.
And, as always, thank you to parents and families for absolutely everything they do, which is beyond words to truly do justice to. In our own way, we should always, always strive to give back to, and make proud, those who have given to us.
We wish you all a restful holiday. Look after others, and yourself. Make good and kind decisions. Know that you are precious beyond words and do, and can, make a very positive difference and that there is always, always support. Dream the dream and make it a reality. You got this. Remember the most important lesson you all had this academic year was on on-line safety.
We send our very best wishes to the Jewish community celebrating Passover from the evening of 5th April until the evening of 13th April and to the Muslim community continuing to observe Ramadan until the evening of 21st April. In Christianity, Holy Week, featuring Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, ends with Easter Sunday on Sunday 9th April.
At our Lent and Easter Services at Saint Michael’s Church, telling The Easter Story, Reverend Williams and Reverend Took encouraged us to use this time of year to think about what positive and good contribution, and transformation, we make, and can further make. Faith, hope, love.
In this endeavour, we always, always remember, and are inspired by, the light and love of those who have passed away, and who we massively miss in this life, at TBSHS and in our own families. We strive to continue, and pay forward, their brilliant and beautiful legacy. We may hope for Heaven. We help and support one another, and always remember, being grateful beyond words for their life, light and love brilliantly lived. Tomorrow marks four years since the funeral of Mr. Shaw, our inspirational former Headteacher. We will always, always remember, and be massively inspired by, Will Scutts, the President of Shaw House. Will totally epitomized the values and ethos of The Bishop’s Stortford High School. We continue to keep Will’s family and friends in our very deepest thoughts and prayers. The photograph below was taken at House Rugby in the autumn, which Will attended to support others.
Together, at TBSHS, and beyond, today and every day, we will always be inspired by the outstanding, brilliant and inspirational example of Will Scutts.