You have only FAILED if you have GIVEN up…..
(until then, it’s learning)
The whole school enjoyed our celebration assembly yesterday and we presented so many awards to students for not only sporting achievements but also in music, arts, debating and poetry. While applauding so many students for their achievements, it occurred to me that all of these students had something in common……..aspiration and resilience!
Without a combination of both these attributes, success and achievement is never possible. We only ever see the final crowning achievement; Mo Farah winning another Olympic gold medal, Adele winning another Grammy or GCSE students celebrating their stunning grades in August. What we never see is their grit, determination and resilience. Mo Farah, for example, was born in Somalia in 1983 and arrived in the UK at the age of 8 unable to speak a work of English. He began taking sport seriously at the age of 13 and from then on he lived an extremely disciplined life; training, eating and not having any form of social life. Even now, he spends months in training camps without his seeing his friends and family. As members of the public, we never see this level of commitment and focus but this is what it takes to be successful and achieve.
Our students receiving awards in yesterday’s celebration assembly displayed exactly the same qualities as Mo Farah. The rest of the school saw their moment of success when they received certificates, full colours or were praised for their huge achievements. However, we did not see each students’ determination through always attending extra-curricular clubs, not always going out with their friends or relentlessly focusing on their progress in a particular subject. It is not surprising that some students were awarded several prizes, they have clearly learnt that aspiration and resilience lead to ultimate success.
GCSE Exam Revision
Thank you to so many parents who attended my revision workshop for parents this week. My main message to every Year 11 student is that the time is NOW to show aspiration and resilience. Like Mo Farah, it’s time to be resilient and focused on revision…….dare I suggest cutting down the amount of social time? Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not demanding revision throughout Easter but a 80/20 split feels about right. Again, it will be all those students who put the revision in now and show incredible resilience when things get tough who will ultimately be celebrating on GCSE results day on August 24th. I have been so impressed with so many students’ organisation and dedication already and I know that students have started revising weeks ago. As I mentioned earlier, NOW is the time and remember…..you have only failed if you have given up!
The presentation used during my revision workshop for parents can be found here:
170405 Parent Revision Workshop [JB]
Wishing all of our students, families and friends a wonderful Easter holiday,