I love a good tradition. Coming from a military family, there was a healthy whack of tradition to what we do. To this day I still spring to my feet the moment the national anthem plays. Which was quite embarassing in our Jubilee concert rehearsals last year, as my whole form rolled their eyes at me when I was the only person to do so. Well hang it. It’s tradition.
Springing to one’s feet for the monarch notwithstanding, my school is fairly traditional, and I love the fact that it is. Our boys wear uniform, learn how to place their cutlery at the end of the meal, the importance of taking their turn – for the good and the less-good things in life, and how to approach exams. They also stand for an adult entering the room….a small and uber-traditional touch which I LOVE. From not really having an opinion on such things, I now am convinced that this is important in setting the tone for the classroom and the lesson. We operate as a school with respect for all members of our team, but that standing up at the start of lessons is a subtle cue to all of the expectations of the study ahead. It might not work for every school….for our bright, keen boys it definitely does!
In my personal life there are certain traditions I like to keep. Thank you notes for favours, parties and gifts (I fell off the wagon a little with this in the past eighteen months but am getting back into it). Sunday lunch or dinner as a focal point in the week. The weekend phone call to my parents, springing naturally from the weekend letter home they would make us write at boarding school.
We also have a few traditions here at home too – catching up over a cup of tea at the end of a day. Cards on Valentines (but no gifts) and a meal out on any day but the 14th February. The early morning texts (Matthew and I started out as a long distance relationship, and this habit remains). And the many, many Christmas traditions – the drinks party, the meal, the stocking, the twelve days gifts.
For someone who’s also a self-confessed hippy at times, I do love me a tradition!