Saturday, 17 March 2007

As we rush towards the end of yet another term it's easy to get demoralised and to forget the real progress we are making. On Friday as we all laughed and raised money for Comic Relief, one colleagues asked me if it was worth it... everyone working so hard and still things go wrong and terrible things happen.

In his book, “The Star Thrower”, Loren Eiseley talks about the day when early one morning he was walking along a sandy beach where thousands of starfish had been washed up on the shore. He noticed a boy picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the sea. Eiseley watched for a few minutes and then asked the boy what he was doing. The boy told him that he was returning the starfish to the sea or they would die. Eiseley asked the boy how saving a few would make any difference whatsoever. The boy picked up a starfish and as he threw it back into the sea said, “It’s going to make a lot of difference to this one.”

Whatever the powers that be and the gods throw at us we must always remember that we are making a difference... we are changing lives... we are transforming communities... we are building brilliant learning places.

And by the way the red hair raised over £500 for Comic Relief!

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