The View From My Study – 27th January

Men, if you were born in 1963, 1975, 1999 or 2011, you are likely to be very polite and well organised and you seek to avoid conflicts though you are no push-over. You also know the bottom line you will not cross and you are pro-active in helping your partners with the chores.

Ladies born in those years, you are equally polite, you are very thoughtful and you love to be social. You dislike arguments but you are clear in your thoughts of others even though you are uncertain, at times, about how people see you.

Male or female, you’re actually a rabbit. That is, if you adhere to the Chinese zodiac, because you were born into the Year of the Rabbit. This creature is the fourth of all the zodiac animals because, legend has it, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the position in which they finished his race; the Rabbit, like its British cousin the hare, became complacent and took a nap thinking the victory would be easy. Unfortunately, by the time he woke, he realised three animals were ahead of him, including the Ox who he had always looked down upon.

While that was a harsh lesson for the Rabbit, there are many good things about the creature too, and 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope. Anyone born this year is destined to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded and ingenious. Let us hope it proves so!

This week’s Lunar New Year celebrations at BG have been superb. With wonderful decorations adorning the Dining room to complement the delicious food provided firstly by Chartwells on Monday, and then, as a special boarders’ celebration on Wednesday evening, by Crystal Restaurant in Dunchurch, the experience of sharing another culture’s celebrations has been enlightening.

Being globally aware is so important and I marvelled on Wednesday at the skill and dexterity shown by nearly all the children when using chopsticks. That would not have been the scene when I was at school and it represents the development of cultural understanding and breadth in recent times. Long may it continue.

It is an exeat this weekend and I do hope you can enjoy some downtime.

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Xin Nian Hao!

Gareth Jones, Headmaster

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