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Repairing something broken to an object of greater beauty

Welcome back to the summer term and despite the circumstances I hope you all managed a rest over the Easter period.

I recorded an assembly for the senior school and in it I speak of the Japanese term Kintsugi which means golden joinery. It comes from their art of repairing something broken into an object of greater beauty. Making something go from useless to priceless. Over the school break I discovered that my retired husband’s favourite daytime viewing is a programme called the “Repair Shop”. The premise of the show is that something of sentimental value is restored to its former glory.

Often we try to repair broken things in such a way that it conceals the repair making it as good as new. Experiencing knocks and breaks is part of living and this terrible health situation is an example of this.  What I have seen through this crisis is just how much everyone has risen to the challenge of the lockdown. Pupils and students have taken seriously their lessons.  Years 11 and 13 are being offered something they would not normally have an opportunity to do. Whilst they are disappointed that they will not have the chance to prove themselves through public examinations they do have the freedom to study topics that truly interest them. This will in time perhaps be of a greater use as they move onto the next stage of education.

I hope that society’s “brokenness“ will mean our lives in time are repaired but like kintsugi there is a beauty that we discover from within.