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... by Toby Spence


it from our children.’ Ancient American Indian proverb.


conditions. As a lesson to learn from, which has passed down the generations, this is surely one of the most powerful reminders of the inner spirit of man which exists in us all. As good a case of ‘answering that of God in every one’ as we will find. As we approach Christmas 2017 we seem to be living in an increasingly uncertain global climate. We see a growing isolationism, selfishness and introspection by many who one would expect to be reaching out a statesmanlike hand of friendship and cooperation. Walls and hard-borders are returning to our language and national and personal interests appear to take precedence over all else. Rather than looking for ‘that of god’ in every one, the focus for some appears to be ‘that of god in me and our type’. These trends sit widely at odds with the values of Sibford School. As a school built upon its values we will continue to wish for peace, tolerance, openness and understanding between communities. We will seek to educate our pupils about their responsibilities and common humanity, recognising the importance of relationships and mutual respect. The Christmas truce teaches us that, even in the very worst of times, there is ‘that of god’ in everyone – I believe it is always worth looking for, even when it might be hard to see at first.


god in every one.’ George Fox 1656 3


This Autumn saw two of Sibford’s recent leavers being presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards ... a brilliant achievement as only four per cent of people who start any of the levels of DofE actually complete the Gold. In October, Max Ostrand received his Gold award from Phillip Schofield, and at the end of November, Toby Spence and Sibford’s DofE organiser, Linda Phillips, went to St James’ Palace, London to see Michael Burton (who is now studying medicine at Hull University) receive his gold DofE certificate from Prince Edward. Said Linda: “All the young people got to speak to Prince Edward and we


Golden award winners


were also entertained by Sky News presenter, Dermot Murnaghan, who gave a very interesting speech.” The award ceremony also saw Linda and Toby being presented with long service awards ... 10 years for Linda and 25 years for Toby. • During October half-term four pupils travelled to the Lake District where they successfully completed their Gold DofE expedition. The students are now working on other sections of the award in their own time and, hopefully, a couple of them will have completed everything needed for the award before Easter 2018.


Everyone should plant a tree


A 33-year-old traditon is continuing at Sibford School thanks to Countryside Management teacher, Hannah Copping. Back in 1984, teacher Angy Bovill


took Year 7 pupils out into the grounds to plant trees ... and since then every Year 7 pupil has been given the same opportunity. Angy retired last year but Hannah has now taken over the role and so in November Year 7, together with Sixth Form BTEC Countryside Management students, wrapped up warm and went planting. Hannah said: “This is a wonderful


tradition which I’m keen to carry on. I firmly believe that everyone should plant a tree in their lifetime.”


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