| Head's Blog
A week or so ago I was struck by the actions of an individual who displayed a range of attributes that we hope our pupils at SHS will develop in their time at the school.
His name is Simon Kjaer. He is an international Danish footballer and Milan player. He is not a global star, he does not have gold boots and a huge personal following, nor is he one of the most expensive players in the world.
Yet on Saturday he went into the history of sport, as a modern hero. He was the first to act, with the most crucial intervention he may ever make on a football pitch, approaching his fallen teammate Christian Eriksen, who fell unconscious on the field, giving him first aid in the first critical seconds. Then he asked his team mates to form a protective wall around Eriksen to protect him from the glare of the media. As a captain and friend he took the time to go to the stand and give comfort to Eriksen’s wife, who was understandably grief stricken to see her husband fighting for his life.
The whole person is important to us at SHS. We hope to imbue a strong moral compass within each child. We want our children to become leaders and to lead by example. We see compassion and kindness as strengths and not weaknesses. We hope to treat others how we would like to be treated. We want to develop within our pupils virtue, integrity, honour and a sense of purpose so that they may contribute positively to the wider world. As teachers and parents we strive to model these behaviours for our children. Last Saturday I was struck by the actions of an individual who displayed a range of attributes that we hope our pupils at SHS will develop in their time at the school.
There may be many things that we want for our children but if my children were to act in a similar way displaying dignity, humility, empathy and authority I would be enormously proud.