Vanity Fair
Last summer there was a televised series based on Thackeray’s novel, Vanity Fair.  The words of Michael Palin the narrator continue to haunt me.  "Welcome to Vanity Fair, a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having."
It is thought that Thackeray took this idea from John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ where, in the town of Vanity, there is a fair that goes on perpetually and symbolizes worldly ostentation and frivolity. 
School leaders are in a privileged position in which to help children explore the world of ideas and experiences and, importantly, to question, discover and learn what is worth having. 
      ‘Every material goal, even if it is met, will pass away.  But the heritage of children is timeless. 
       Our children are our messages to the future.’  Billy Graham
      ‘The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.’  William James
      ‘A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passer-by leaves a mark.’  Chinese proverb
Enjoy a restful, happy and worthwhile half term break!

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