Thursday, 11th January, 2018
A brilliant day for drop ins! Thanks to all who appeared at some point or other!
The day satrted though with an experience I really value highly - leading assembly for our wonderful 6th Formers! Inevitably as our older students move towards the end of their time at St. Julie's, the chances to reflect with them get fewer and fewer and I'm really conscious that they are also under a lot of pressure and uncertainty as to what the future holds. That's why it's so important to take opportunities to share the Good News with them and today I related to them the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25). It's another of the timeless truths of the Bible which speaks to people with or without a faith.
We also touched on the sometimes dreaded UCAS Personal Statement and the 4000 characters which it requires! I must say how difficult that must be, speaking as one who never filled in such a form - I left school at 18 (I'd had enough by then) and went to work in a bank. When I did decide to go back into education, I applied direct to Liverpool Hope (then Christ's College).
One thing I do like about the UCAS Personal Statmeent though is that the 4000 characters includes spaces and punctuation! I like this because we need to have space in our lives to really understand it. If you have a string of letters without spaces, it's really hard to get to grips with. Certainly, it can be deciphered but it's so much clearer where there are spaces. The same is true of punctuation which imbues a piece of writing with more emphasis and meaning. Similarly, our lives need experiences which punctuate them. We need question marks at time to prompt us to reflect on what we're doing. We need exlamation marks (or WOW moments) to bring a little surprise or excitement or emphasis to life!
I guess the message today was that, in order to make the best use of talents, we do need to have space and life experiences beyond school which enable us to live life in all its fullness! That message was topped and tailed by Elvis! Here's the song:
And here's Bruce Springsteen's version of it: (2 mins 31 secs)