Headmaster Simon Smith got more than he bargained for during a History department Assembly this week.
The topic of the address, was the importance of laughter in a daily lives and it took place on Thursday, May 18.
Year 8 pupil Juan Rajagopal, said: “Research has revealed several ways in which laughter is good for your health. Laughter relaxes the whole body.
“A good laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving our muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes afterwards. Laughter boosts the immune system.
“Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.”
Following the talk a number of pupils and staff told jokes in-front of the whole school at St John’s Church, with Mr Smith earning the biggest round of applause for his comedy cameo to claim the spoils.
The Head received a cake for his humorous gag, but instead of being handed it Juan planted it into the face of the man at the helm, sending those who attended into fits of laughter.
Mr Smith then proceeded to wipe the cake from his face before continuing with the rest of Assembly!
Philippa Thomas, who also played a significant role in the Assembly, added: “Looking at the funny side of life can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations.
“Laughter helps us to bond with other human beings and build stronger communities. Shared laughter can be a great experience, and laughter can often be infectious. Many people comment on the infectious sound of laughter.
“Their giggling, laughing and enjoyment of the most basic aspects of life remind us all that, no matter what age we are, we need to laugh and find joy in life.”