No-one’s quite sure who first came up with the phrase ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. A bit of Googling and a quick scroll through the archives of the New York Times reveals that the catchy expression was first said by all of: Frederick Barnard in 1921, an unnamed Japanese philosopher a few hundred years previously, Confucius in (presumably) the early part of 500 BC, and newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane in both 1920 and 1911. Whoever it was that came up with it, they had a point.
And so it is that this week – partly inspired by that quotation, and partly inspired by the casually-delivered line at the end of a meeting I had today with our Director of Marketing (and monitor of our website and social media feeds): ‘on average, Headmaster, readers of your blog give up after 3 minutes and 44 seconds’ – I have gone back through some of the School’s photographs from the last few weeks and picked a handful which I think paint a very good few thousand words.
They tell the story of what matters here at ECS – learning, scholarship, wellbeing, fun, our ancient links, our traditional values, our modern approach, adventure, community, engagement, creativity, breadth and balance, enquiry, childhood – and I am really proud of the snapshot view they give of a busy, buzzing, purposeful and happy school.
There are 17 of them in total: a little over 12 seconds spent on each will help boost my blog stats – many thanks for your help.