I found the whole royal wedding thing last weekend a bit of a strange experience. I’m a sucker for a special occasion and was grateful for the company of my 7 year old who encouraged me to put my politics to one side and enter into the day with cake and pink lemonade. But after a few hours of prenuptial TV I began to feel that kind of nausea I remember from watching too many episodes of a favourite soap opera.
I felt a moment of reprieve when the Bishop of London delivered his sermon. He talked about how a successful marriage has the possibility to transform but he warned that this was contingent on our remembering that we don’t ‘harbour ambitions to reform our partner. There must be no coercion if the Spirit is to flow; each must give the other space and freedom.’ He went on to say that, ‘we are all incomplete: we all need the love which is secure . . . to thrive’.
What I remember of my own experience 5 years ago when I first encountered Lewes New School, was that I was captivated by what the school had achieved so far and by all that it wanted to be. I knew as soon as I visited that I could enter in to a meaningful relationship with it. There must have a list of qualities that I was meant to fulfil but my strongest memory is of the dialogue where we got to know each other and explored the potential of this new relationship.
There has been discussion in recent days about what kind of a person would constitute the ideal headteacher. It may be hard to find a human who will be able to fulfil all that the community asks for and whoever is found will most likely be incomplete just like the rest of us. At that point an enduring relationship might be nurtured by tuning in to the words of the prayer written by the couple themselves:
‘in the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy.’
Lizzie (co-head teacher)
|Film on Floor
£3 Donation at the door per head please
Come and laugh together, Raphaella 07787726069
Mum’s Night In
Mums night in at Nicky Turner’s, next Friday (13th)- Bring food and drink to share – 7.30pm onwards, 28 Morris Road (turning next to pet shop on Cliffe High Street) I promise Neil wont be there being a waiter.
LNS Newstock Eco Carnival 2nd July 2011
We need to start collecting recycled bottles, old cds, fabrics, paper, feathers, sequins etc and other bits and pieces for making decorations and masks. So please dig around at home and find what you can and bring it in to school and put in the large laundry bag in the quiet room.
We are hoping to have a carnival workshop where the children will be involved in making decorations and headdresses etc for the day. It is yet to be confirmed if this will be in school time or after school. We are very aware that the Patina and Crossing Over ceremonies will be happening around this time too so we don’t want to overwhelm the children and it may be that we (parents) will also need to step in to make things ……
Please try and come to the next meeting with your ideas, help and support.
Ali (Rose and Isaac)
Wine and Wisdom (and Cheese)
We are re-launching the new, all singing, all dancing Wine and Wisdom night
also from Ali (Rose and Isaac)
- Who we are
- Valuing the Child
- How we do things