Assembly – 9 May: Strength



From Scripture:

 “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.“ – Joshua 1:9

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.‘ – Psalm 145: 18-19


A prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you that we know that you will always be with us when we are required to be strong and courageous and that all we need to do is ask.’



“Strong people stand up for themselves, BUT the strongest people stand up for OTHERS.” ~ Anon


Last week we focused on the theme of encouragement and also on our Mothers, and today we focus on strength. There are two types of strength; external physical strength and inner moral strength.

Some people are naturally very strong physically while others need to work hard to increase their physical strength, through structured gym and nutrition programmes, often involving many hours of commitment. We all know there is NO short cut to success. You are encouraged to keep working hard to improve your strength and skill in your chosen sport, to benefit both yourself and your team. Commit to every training opportunity provided, and listen carefully, taking on board all your coaches’ advice. Becoming stronger physically will enable you to be a better team player, help you be stronger mentally, and feel good about yourself.


Moral strength is probably a more complex concept. To stand up for others and go against the flow is very tough for anyone and even more so for teenagers, requiring significant courage, as you clamber for acceptance socially.

The pillars of moral strength are linked to many other aspects we have discussed in recent weeks as well as to our College Core Values. These include:

  • Courage to persevere,
  • Wisdom and Honesty in knowing what is right,
  • Self-control to choose what is right,
  • Integrity to do what is right,
  • Commitment not to give up,
  • Compassion, Kindness, Tolerance and Respect in putting others first.




Our choir will be participating in the national ATKV Applous competition on Tuesday 10 May, hosted at College. We wish Mrs Stickells and her team and the choir every success. The choir shared one of their pieces with the school during assembly.


Family weekend:

The past weekend provided a number of great family bonding and celebration opportunities on campus.  Thank you to the boys who attended the Dads and Lads evening with their fathers or other male role models. The event was a great success and enjoyed by all. Thank you too, to the boys who joined their moms on Forder Oval for the Mothers’ appreciation tea and took time to have photographs taken.

To ALL the staff who worked many long hours to ensure the success of these special #RedBlackWhite events – our sincere and heartfelt appreciation.



Last weekend saw College take on Northwood for a full round of rugby and hockey fixtures. Congratulations to all our teams and coaches on the excellent results. There were also very good soccer and table tennis results.

Full results can be found here

Congratulations also to all the boys selected to play in the hockey and rugby trials. We wish you all the best.

Finally – I wish to congratulate and thank all 2- 4 Form boys plus those 5th and 6th formers for the outstanding support of our hockey and rugby players. Thank you also to the shouting captains for their enthusiasm, commitment and passion. With Reunion only three weeks away, we are anticipating an amazing blazer display on Basher Ridge.


I wish you all a good week.


Pro Aris et Focis

CL Luman (Headmaster)