Dear OFS Community,

It’s ‘Happiness at Work’ week which comes at a timely point in the year as we start to form habits in our thinking and outlook. Over the past decade I have heard all manner of conversations about ‘work life balance’ and if I’m honest, none really resonate. The implication is that we work hard to earn the holiday on a beach?

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss

I believe firmly in a ‘busy still’ balance. I can be ‘busy’ at home and long to be at work, even though I love my family dearly! I can also find ‘still’ at work, a moment of peace, reflection or inspiration. Perhaps it comes down to pleasure and purpose – whether we are at home or at work, purpose and meaning can provide pleasure.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

I showed this clip in assembly to caution us as we search for our own sense of busy and still, pleasure and purpose – advertisements are quick to sell us what they want us to literally buy into and often the pleasure being sold is very temporary!

"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from." - Seth Godin

We ended assembly by inviting everyone to think about a seesaw that has pleasure at one end and purpose at the other. How can we move our thinking to keep things balanced?

OFS U13 Football

Last Saturday, we welcomed St. Martin's, Durson House, JLS and Beechwood Park. Mr Bloom reminded me that this is the 40th year of this tournament and it felt pretty special, considering the past 24 months since we were able to host it. There was some great football being played, highly competitive but always in the spirit! Congratulations to Beechwood Park who lifted the trophy after a stunning final.

Real Science

I’ve never understood why so many schools wait until Year 7 until getting students into Science Labs! Mr Hirani was talking about the wonder of bringing Pre-Prep pupils through to work with Year 8 and how the excitement lives long! This week I dropped into a Chemistry lesson focused on developing observation skills with Year 5 and here are a few moments of wonder…


It was lovely to host Belmont as our senior girls had their first competitive games of hockey in 2 years! The sun shone and it offered a great opener to what we all hope will be a full season. Well played girls, it was really good to see you getting stuck in as you represented OFS…

The Autumn Term is the longest for a reason. We are now in the heart of the academic year – the golden period where we have energy from the Summer break, the days are still long and warm…ish and we are setting up our good learning habits. I have been so impressed with the way that pupils are thriving on being back in the routine of learning, let’s make hay whilst this sun is shining! Have a lovely weekend...

Tim Calvey