We received a most wonderful email from past parent, Chris Megone who is Professor of Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Medical, Business and Professional Ethics, Moral Psychology and Political Philosophy at the University of Leeds. Chris’s son John was at Prep for one year in 2018 while his parents were on Sabbatical. Although John spent such a short time with us, he fitted in splendidly and the lasting impression of being a True Blue Preppie will be instilled in him forever. Prof Megone walked him to school each morning and had many chats with staff. John Megone is now at a 700-year-old school in the UK. With Prof. Megone’s experience in education, his words are especially pertinent:
John had a fantastic year with Prep, and it has been hugely beneficial to him in terms of his long-term development. In our view Prep is a wonderful school with a fantastic ethos and culture. It combines fine traditional values with the freshness and friendliness of the new world. Every day when I went to pick John up I loved seeing the way the boys played together during the breaks, usually some kind of informal sports activity, but always played in the best spirit. And the politeness instilled was marvellous, especially since politeness is so little cared for now in the UK.
In all these experiences we have been so impressed with the wonderful staff at Prep. The teaching staff are all very impressive, Mr Wienekus, Mr Paul, Mr Cameron, Mrs Sparks, and all the art, music, language and drama teachers. On top of that the administrative staff, Jess Fick, Mrs Tessendorf and Anusha Ranchhod on the front desk. Nothing was ever too much trouble.
Above all we were so impressed with Mr Brady. He has always been incredibly thoughtful and kind to us,
despite the many demands of being a Headmaster, not least all the travelling required for recruitment. But he seemed to us very good with both parents and boys. He had the born teacher’s ability to relate to 8-13 year old boys, engaging with them but maintaining their respect. He seemed to have endless energy – always present, correct and apparently fresh whether at sports events or in chapel, at plays or concerts, or at School assemblies. He knew all the parents, and always had time for a word, despite the seven day a week demands of being a prep school head. All in all he seemed a great Head and a good leader of a fine team (and it was noteworthy how he always paid respect to the whole team including all the grounds and domestic staff often less visible to us as parents).
It was also marvellous for us to be able to access Prep and College facilities. Pool, tennis courts, squash courts, in the vacation and at weekends, something not available to us here at John’s school in the UK, even when there is not a lockdown!
I loved my own Prep School, and it gave me a wonderful grounding for life. So St Andrew’s Prep made a deep
impression on me in that it seemed to reflect so many of the values I recall from my own Prep School. John was so happy there, and all the boys seemed to be so, which for me is an absolute mark of a fine school. It is a
treasure in the world of education.
Prof. Chris Megone