Service is one of the key development themes of the School’s ten-year vision announced last year. The boys and young men of excellent character that we develop should recognise the privileges and benefits they enjoy. They should also recognise the positive difference they can make to the lives of others and their responsibility to do so. This doesn’t need to be done under duress and sufferance. It can and should be done in way that is developmental, enriching and enjoyable for the boys themselves as well as genuinely beneficial to communities and the lives of others. A win-win, if you like.
Genuine service is active, committed and requires a degree of personal sacrifice – not simply a diversion of funds. As our service programme unfolds, it will see boys giving – amongst other things – their time and energy – not just their parents’ cash. In return, their own lives and their understanding of others’ should be enriched and developed.
I am delighted that the School has this week achieved the Guinness world record for the most selfies taken inside three minutes. This challenge which was also a lot of fun involved boys from the School’s entire age range of 3 to 18 and raised funds for the Alan Shearer Foundation – a specialist, disability, respite, residential and social provision for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments. We are extremely grateful to Alan Shearer giving up his time to join the boys in achieving the record attempt. Whilst this was Newcastle School for Boys first world record (to date), it was Alan Shearer’s fourth.
In my own small way, I am challenging my own commitment and fitness by taking on a cycling challenge that will also raise funds for one of our Senior School nominated charities, Maggie’s Newcastle. This Sunday, I will ride the rather hilly 100 kilometre Maserati Tour de Yorkshire sportive.
I’m aiming to raise over £500 for the charity that our Senior School boys have chosen to support. Maggie’s centres across the country provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.
It’s all serving a very good cause and if you would like to support Maggie’s Newcastle and make a difference to the lives of others, you can sponsor me here.