Testament of Youth


A  photo of the cast of a school play, not seen since circa 1970, turned up in my inbox courtesy of a friend who now works at the school.

Not sure what the play was, perhaps The Murder of Maria Marten or the Red Barn – Gruesome but of great appeal to teenage girls (and Victorians).  We all seem to think it was comedy though.

Our adult selves are formed by moments and memories. The person we will become embedded in embryo form, probably from the moment of conception, in the way a shoot can be seen curled inside a bean.

Theatre, music and art  are part of a great tradition in schools, for those lucky enough to have benefited. The highs and lows remembered with affection and the lessons remembered for life bear testament that good teaching is more than the three ‘R’s and learning by rote.