First-Day Nerves

Welcome and Welcome Back

As always, it was lovely to see the students arrive on Monday from all four corners of the globe. Returning students were happy to be back and see the familiar faces of their classmates and housemates, whilst new students, understandably, were showing a whole range of contrasting emotions. We had tears, nerves, laughter and excitement. It was really great to see that at supper time, several tables had been pushed together and new and old students were chatting away as though they had known each other for years.

More nerves, more tears and more excitement followed on Tuesday as the day students joined the party. By the end of the day when the boarding team and I had a meeting with all of the students, it was very heartening to see that there were new friendships, old friendships and lots and lots of support-not to mention a lovely atmosphere where it was already impossible to see who had been here for 1 day and who for 3 years.

Nerves are necessary. Nerves are good. They are a sign that we care about something or want to do well in something. It’s how we manage those nerves that is the key. The more often we can put ourselves in a situation which is out of our comfort zone, the better we learn to deal with nerves, manage them and actually use them to our advantage. From little things like answering a question in class or talking to somebody new to presenting an assembly or sitting external exams all require us to control our nerves.

So go on; try something new; be a risk taker (within limits) and learn to manage those nerves.

Have a great weekend wherever you are and don’t forget to pop in and see us if you are in the area

Best Wishes

Chris Randell