“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same…”
These famous words written by Rudyard Kipling appear above the doors to Wimbledon’s Centre Court. They are there to remind the players that in every tournament, one will leave as a champion whilst the other will leave disappointed. Therefore, we have to understand how to approach both victory and defeat when they arrive on the scene.
Sport is all around us at the moment. From Wimbledon fortnight, the Grand Prix at Silverstone, The Tour de France to the Ashes.
One thing that astonishes me watching the boys at break is the number of boys involved in various sporting activities. Today at lunchtime, we had a mass game of football taking place at the same time as a game of rugby alongside a game of cricket. In the gym, Year 7 students were all involved in the table tennis tournament whilst others played basketball. The school may be short of space but the boys use every available bit to play sport and even try to persuade me to join in.
Sport is so important in teaching key skills like teamwork, resilience and perseverance. It also allows a variety of students to showcase their talents. Whilst watching Wimbledon this week, it was clear that to be a champion, you have to believe in yourself and have the mind-set to win even when you are behind. Let’s continue to remind our children that success comes with disappointment at times and to not give up.
Finally, for the cricket fans amongst you, let’s hope that the English team can build on their success in the third test to win the ashes for the first time since 2015.
Mrs M Langdon
Headteacher – Boys’