The Head, Nicola Huggett

A few thoughts on... More on Exams

I would like to share some brief thoughts with you about the upcoming exams, and this applies just as much to you in Year 9 and 10 who have their exams in a few weeks’ time as it does to those of you sitting public exams in the next few days.

When I was at University I had a friend who was rather disorganised and frankly rather lazy. His father was a vicar and the night before a big exam, when he realised that he was woefully underprepared, he phoned his mum and declared, “look, I’ll be honest with you. I haven’t worked hard enough and it’s too late now. Rather than work I’m just going to pray instead.” About 15 minutes later his mum rang back and said: “Your dad and I have had a chat and we think you should work and we will pray!”

It goes without saying that there is no substitute for hard work, but there is something to be said about prayer too. Many people do use prayer and meditation as a way of relaxing, of refocusing our thoughts away from ourselves and our own anxiety. For some of us prayer remains a way of finding comfort and peace. But even if you have no personal faith of your own we can all learn from the famous prayer that goes:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

When it comes to exams there are only so many things you can control and there are many things you can’t. Make sure you know the difference and focus on the right things.