The Trusty Servant Nov 2016 No.122

The TRUSTY SERVANT NO.122 NOVEMBER 2016 The Headmaster replies: Dr Timothy Hands speaks to the Editor, Tim Giddings: 1. Three weeks into your first Short Half, what are your initial impressions of the School? That’s a simple question: it’s fantastic. Why? 1, the houses; 2, the beauty; 3, the accumulated traditions. It’s unique and I’m loving it. 2. What first drew you to schoolmastering? My father was a headmaster. My mother was a teacher. My sister was a teacher. There was even an ancestor who was schoolmaster on HMS Victory in Napoleonic times. So the simple answer is genes. 3. Having left the madding crowd of Oxford to come to the heart of Wessex, would you describe yourself as a Boldwood, a Troy or an Oak? Well I’m no second Troy: the man was a philanderer, and Mrs H wouldn’t approve. Boldwood and Oak, however, are both fixated on one woman; Mrs H might be flattered. Hardy, on the other hand, could never make his mind up about what he felt about either gent: Boldwood is first to be executed and then pardoned; and in the American serial version of the novel Oak becomes a churchwarden. By contrast, I’m pretty sure of my destiny: I’m in Winchester, and very happy about it. 4. From Div to compulsory Latin, Winchester is known for its traditional curriculum. Can this ethos continue when Japanese and computer-programming might be more useful in the global talent race? The school of which I was last Headmaster had an even more traditional curriculum. Draw your own conclusions – and perhaps see if Ladbrokes will offer you odds. 5. How much do you think we should be aiming at shaping the whole character of the men rather than just the intellect? Will Happiness hours be appearing in the curriculum? The answer to your second question is ‘unlikely’. The answer to your first question can best be expressed in the words of the editors of The Wykehamist in 1910: ‘Some of us will hope that the incoming chairman of the Headmasters’ Conference and the incoming headmaster of Winchester will have no doubts whatsoever as to the value of boardingschool education in the formation of character. Some will remember the words with which Lord Selborne finished his reply Ad Portas in 1910: “Of the three – muscles, brain and character – the greatest is character”.’ 6. Which sport will see you pacing the side-lines on New Field most enthusiastically? I don’t pace the side-lines. I like to 1