The River Thames outside DLD College London

From the Principal #70

17th February 20

And so the half time whistle is about to blow and after we have taken our slice of orange, taken shelter from the rain and wind and had any scrapes and injuries seen to, we huddle together to reflect on how we have performed in the first half.

Did we play to our strengths? Did we maximise our chances? Did we play together as a team? If we are in a winning position, how do we maintain that and not become too complacent and therefore not take our eye off the ball? How do we continue to work efficiently and effectively while maintaining a sense of balance and perspective? Are there any tactical changes that need to be made? I suppose what I am lamenting about here (Principal’s prerogative) is that we as a school have also reached half time in our academic year.

I am about to blow the metaphorical whistle and I hope the following week will be an opportunity for us all to reflect on the highs (and lows) of the first half and what we have learnt and how we can all move forward to ensure that we achieve our ‘goals’ at the end of the year. Are we in a winning position at this stage? Only time will tell, but I hope that we are, otherwise I would be doing the school a disservice. The changes that have been bought in this year in order to take the school forward in the next half are working through the system and we must continue to forge ahead in the best interests of the students and the school.

The students, themselves, should now take stock of what has happened thus far and should now implement their plans, if they have not already done so, for the second half, whether that be changing one’s work ethic, developing revision strategies, training for the football team or rehearsing for the next concert or play. It is important that we work together as a team to bring out the best in each other. The shortlisting for the prestigious ‘TES Boarding School of the Year 2020’ award and the outstanding production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ performed by the super-talented DLD Drama students are prime examples of this.

So as I view the educational playing field and take on board some of the tactical changes that are being made (e.g. educational reform, Brexit, educational funding), I look back at the first half and assess the plans going forward for the second. It is, however, worth taking a moment to pause and reflect at this stage, nurse a couple of bruises, pull one’s socks up and have a slice or two of orange.

I wish you all a restful holiday and don’t forget your wellies and brollies – it seems like Storm Dennis will be spending half term with us!

Irfan Latif – Principal