How can we show independence?
Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students, parents and the wider community a Happy New Year on behalf of everyone at SWR.
The start of a new year always provides us with the opportunity to be optimistic about the year ahead and set ourselves resolutions. Reading an article last weekend, the top three new year resolutions for 2017 are:
1. Lose weight/healthier living
3. Better financial decisions
Clearly like many others, I am determined that I will go to the gym more than once a week and regularly exercise!
I would like to suggest a different resolution for our students. Amongst the determination to eat less chocolate and (hopefully) spend less time on the X-Box, could I suggest that students think about a resolution that will not only support their learning but prepare them for their adult lives? What about students showing independence not only in their learning but also their actions?
In assemblies this week I am asking students to stand up for what they think is right and not always follow the crowd. Think about the achievements of Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandella and, more recently, Malala Yousafzai; what a different world we would live in if they had simply followed the crowd.
How can students show independence in their everyday school lives? Please take a few minutes to watch this video:
This is true independence in action, showing how important education is. My challenge for students in 2017 is to be independent in lessons by not giving up, taking risks and by embracing failure. With this in mind, which step (below) would students place their learning on so far this term?
Why is independence a core value at SWR? I will leave you with the profound words of Albert Einstein to explain why:
“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”