Dear parents and girls
Harvest moon, corn dollies, autumnal fruit and vegetables, traditional hymns, these are all familiar symbols of Harvest. It is sometimes hard for our girls to appreciate how challenging harvest was in the past, communities working together, sometimes under the guiding light of the moon. The winter months ahead would have looked very bleak without the store of wheat and crops.
Last week, the Prep School welcomed back Major Cotterill from the Sutton Salvation Army. We are proud to have formed this friendship, one which means we can understand ways to help our local community. Major Cotterill explained how some families do not have enough money to buy food, and clothes. The food bank means they can have support at times when life is just too hard and a helping hand is required. She was overwhelmed by the donations from Prep families of food and over £700 in cash donation. She asked that I forward her gratitude:
'On behalf of Sutton Salvation Army Church, I am writing to say thank you to pupils, parents and staff for their generosity with the Harvest donations. The food and the financial support will make a big difference to those within our community who are struggling to make ends meet. We are very grateful for your support.'
Two of our superpowers in the Prep School are empathy and collaboration, learning to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and know how they would feel. Listening to Major Cotterill, seeing the donations, and understanding how this support will help others is an important part of our educational ethos. In their recent House meetings, under the lead of our House Captains, they voted for the local and national charities we will raise money for this year. The local charity is Sutton Night Watch and the national charity is Cancer Research.
Our girls and Sutton High School families are kind, a value I personally feel cannot be underestimated. In the words of Roald Dahl, one of my favourite quotes:
‘I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage, or bravery, or generosity, or anything else...Kindness — that simple word. To be kind — it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.’
I wish you all a happy and restful half term.