As you know, we have been thinking of and praying for the people of Sri Lanka in the last few days, those killed and their loved ones left behind with their grief.
The Oratory deliberately remains a small school, with small class sizes, outstanding pastoral care, and a wonderful sense of community. Every young person is known here and we are as far from being an exam factory as can be imagined. However, our results are impressive because of this: while we have a broad academic spread, our value-added results are some of the best in the land. We’re not a small school in terms of facilities, breadth of curriculum, range of opportunities, or sport results. The Oratory has always achieved incredible things for a relatively small school, and continues to do so.
We are proud of our beautiful campus in the Oxfordshire countryside and our superb facilities. However, most of all we are proud of our young people – whom we call Oratorians – who are warm, kind, purposeful, yet refreshingly informal. I hope that you will choose to visit us here and meet some of them; we would love to see you.
When was the last time you spoke to your grandparents? Did you speak to them over the weekend? (a few hands go up).
I read in an online newspaper that apparently today is “Blue Monday”, which is the day in the year when people statistically are at their lowest ebb happiness-wise.