Grit & Flow
Where have all those weeks gone? I can hardly believe that we are in the middle of October and it’s almost half-term. As is always the case at SWR, students have made great progress in lessons and enjoyed a wealth of extra-curricular activities. Congratulations to all students who have participated in our netball, rugby and cross-country teams. I have attended a few matches myself and it’s superb to see so many students involved with team sports. Congratulations to our Y7 and Y9 netball teams for victories at Maidenhill and our Y7 rugby team enjoyed their first victory at home to Archway. All students demonstrated great team spirit and resilience.
I have recently visited all our local partner primary schools to talk to Y6 students and meet with the teachers and Headteachers. I have been so impressed with the learning and classroom environments in all primary schools.
Thank you to so many families for visiting either our Open Evening or Mornings (and in some cases both). Attendance to our Open Evening increased by 25% and I hope that you were impressed with our welcoming, inclusive and aspirational ethos. I must take this opportunity to thank many parents for taking the time to send very kind emails praising our amazing students, staff and the atmosphere across the whole school. Please feel free to contact reception if you would like to visit the school on a typical teaching day. I would be delighted to personally take you on a tour around our fantastic school.
My previous blogs have focused on aspiration and learning from mistakes. I would like to take this opportunity to explain how we achieve ‘flow’ in our learning. Please take a few minutes to watch Antonio Bazzini’s La Ronde des Lutins:
Bazzini is amazing. As one comment underneath the clip suggests, he ‘totally owns it.’ This is the epitome of flow, being able to do something so well that is looks effortless.
How can we achieve this state of flow? We need to apply some ‘grit’ in our learning. Grit is perseverance; hard work and effort sustained over a long period of time. To become an effortless learner you have to repeat learning again and again.
My challenge to students is to aspire to ‘flow’ in all their learning by applying ‘grit’ in their lessons and at home. This is not just about doing ‘work’ but thinking about the knowledge and skills that you are applying that will help you improve and achieve ‘flow’.
Let’s all show some ‘grit and flow’ in the winter months ahead….