There is a theory about time that the physicists amongst us understand, even if to everyone else it sounds bizarre: that the past, the present and the future all exist together.  Here at College House, it is just possible to imagine what that means...

In the courtyard below me, I can see a group of first year students, collaborating on an assignment. They have their laptops, their phones, and their headphones. They are as contemporary—as ‘now’—as it is possible to be.

But the past is with us too. These buildings, this institution that is College House and the remarkable people who have lived and studied here before: they inform the present. They inspire us all, and give us the belief that everything we hope to achieve is within our grasp.

And so there is a real sense of the future as well. The students who have chosen College House are here because they are determined to be the best they can be. They are bright, motivated, dedicated. It is easy to predict that they will make a difference in the world.

As the new Principal at College House, I’m very conscious that this is a moment in my own space-time continuum. I’m humbled to find myself sharing the coordinates of these exciting young people and I shall be bringing everything of value from my own past to this present, for their future.

Alastair Drayton