Oh, Just Go Fly a Kite!

With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You’re a bird in a flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite
Oh, oh, oh!
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite!

Mr. Kilcommons does not at first strike you as the musical aficionado type but he surely must have been inspired by Mary Poppins when he concocted the idea to invite a professional kite building and flying company in to the Junior School.  Or perhaps he had just, in a rare moment of pique, use the idiom when the Sixth Formers were getting on his nerves, and now he was just covering his tracks!  It might also have had something to do with Science Week.  In any event, it worked out well for all involved as the Junior School boys and girls enjoyed a day of kite-building workshops in the gym and then strolled down to Herbert Park to launch their aerodynamic creations.  That is, if  ‘aerodynamic’ also mean to catch and not just dodge the wind!  They certainly did that, and now you can see some of these kites festooning the sycamores and chestnuts of Herbert Park. Think of it as early Christmas decorations!   And yes, despite Ms. Poppins’s claim of this eternal delight costing just a ‘tuppence’, the bill was slightly larger.  Thankfully, the JSPA have offered to pick it up.  That is, unless they now tell us to just go fly…