Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090

 

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With our standards and expectations reaching ever higher, it’s easy to say that we can’t do it. It’s even easier to say we can’t be bothered – because that implies that we could if we want to, but we don’t.

 

I read this poem by ‘the People’s Poet’, Edgar Guest, who died in 1959, and thought that all those people who are expert and advanced learners could relate to the message in his work. Progress and learning isn’t always easy, but determination and resilience can ensure that you far exceed both your own and others' expectations.

 

Congratulations to all those who have shown the courage to carry on and not settle for second best! Keep reaching for your own personal excellence.

 

It Couldn’t Be Done

By Edgar A. Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it”;

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

 

M Mckeown

 

Headteacher