"The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet" | Portsmouth High School Aristotle's wise words

“The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet”

Aristotle’s words “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” seem an appropriate adage for our public examination girls who are now on study leave and well and truly immersed in revision and already have sat a number of papers.

However, it is other wise words from this Greek philosopher on which I would like to dwell: “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference”. I was reminded of this saying in quite a different context this week relating to the use of technology. I should like to take a wider view of the Aristotle’s sentiment.

At the cocktail party on Friday for our upper sixth leavers, generously provided by our Chair of Governors in her beautiful home in Petersfield, the girls without exception as they left thanked their host. Good manners cost nothing and when imbedded from an early age happen naturally. The girls also chatted comfortably with other guests charmingly and eloquently.

There are many other routines that once instilled in the young become a mantra for later life which give a foundation on which to build. Being interested and interesting makes us good company and the girls here have a wide range of hobbies and past-times which provide topics through which they can carry conversation. I mentioned in an earlier blog that the girls in Year 9, with whom I have met recently, enquire about my weekend, evening, welfare or holiday as a natural start to any discussion.

There are many other habits which if encouraged early on lead to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Being the sort of person that others seek out for company because of an engaging nature is something to be encouraged.