Announcing the Blueprint


The Blueprint

The newsletter of the Blue Mountains School is back

It is with great pleasure that we have put together The Blueprint, the bi-annual newsletter that is coming out supposedly after sixteen years. Having read some of the available back issues, I am honoured that The Blueprint in its new avatar, is being published from this term to continue one of the flagship practices of the school.

Ever so much has gone on this semester that getting material was not very difficult, especially with Ms Sophia Varkey, the principal and Ms Meera Bhuvanesh coordinating the efforts of the students. There are articles from across the school and contributions from teachers as well. It was good reading each of these and getting to know the person behind, a little better. I am sure, you, the reader, be it student, teacher, alumni or a friend of the school, will enjoy, what has been shared in this little magazine.

We thank each and every author and all the others who put in their efforts, whether a mite, mote or more…

While editing, we have tried to maintain the spontaneity of the writing of the author; and if the spirit gets across to you, please excuse if at times, there are inaccuracies of the letter. It is quite hard to transmit the spirit and the hectic activities of the term that happened – if I try to describe a day in the school, you would wonder if all that was done could have been accomplished in 24 hours. And so also a term – could so much have been done by so few in 120 days?

With children around, a lot happens for everyone – there is a dervish whirling that hardly stops – just enough time to lay your head on the pillow. But, as in the Sufi dance, it brings about a sense of the ‘here and now’, being grounded and an expansive feeling, both inward and outward, depending on which way you look or whirl.

To take a Quad from The Lobster Quadrille by Lewis Carroll –
“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle—will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you join the dance?

“You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!”
We invite you to join the dance, the whirl and rest assured that you will not know where you will land…

However, if we want leaders to grow from within the school, as F.G.Pearce, the founder, had a vision and had planned; one has to take the risk of not knowing where you will be next, very much like Alice who may have also visited the Blue Mountains School and left traces of her journey through Wonderland, where anything could have happened.

One could say to oneself and to the reader – even though you may not know where you will be in future, be certain to land on your feet and be sure to dance the quadrille or any other.

Have a wonder-full read
28 Nov 2012