Time flies when you’re having fun?
So what type of super sonic jet was St. Sylvester school on this year? I’m pretty sure September was yesterday.
And yes I’m mortified to say that June flew by so fast that I didn’t even get to my once a month blog aka Roy reflects on life to prove that he IS in fact doing something when he’s not sitting in his office!
In many ways, the month of June encapsulated all I believe about in Education and life
- Life is meant to be lived with passion
Our first ever school Musical took place at the start of June. The Forgotten Fairy Tale Forest. Three days before our opening, I was convinced that the show just wouldn’t get to where we wanted it to be, and then….something magical took place. People talk about how things always fall into place. I disagree. Things fall into place with hard work, motivation and diligence. And quite frankly, even that’s not enough some times. But in the end, the show did come together thanks to the talent of the students, the dedication of our support group, and in the world I often talk of – the incredible symbiosis from the audience. From the moment the curtains opened on our performance night, it was clear the audience was electric and that electricity translated to our performers.
Moral of big idea #1 – having passion for what you do and being supported and pushed by others is so key to success. Consider that in how you move your students, or your own relationships forward. Yes we need to correct and hold people accountable (including ourselves) every day. And at the same time, positive encouragement is likely the most important thing we can offer to those who we want to succeed.
2. Life is meant to be lived with engagement
Our Beyond the Classroom Year Two ended with our first ever school camping trip. What a blast. And what simplicity.
Kids learned how to pitch a tent, how to live without a cell phone, and how to simply be in the moment and enjoy nature. I remain convinced that education is at its best when we find ways to really engage kids in what they are learning. Yes I realize that allowing kids to do whatever they want could be the opening of “Hey let’s watch you tube videos and play fortnight all day….” At the same time, with time and effort, you CAN find ways to get kids enthused, engaged and connected with their learning (yes all curriculum based!). We’re already planning Beyond The Classroom Year Three and hope to have music, recording, hands on building, cooking, fitness, and career planning among our experiential topics. And if you need further proof about the value of engagement in your learning, consider the moral below:
Moral of big idea #2 – How do you want to live? I want to live being engaged in what I’m doing. My last month at school showed this – from the school musical , to beyond the classroom experiences, student book clubs and roof top pictures. My month flew because of what I was doing. When you are engaged in what you’re doing, you’re just naturally happier and more productive.
And that takes us to the last big idea from June
3. Life is meant to be lived with connection
I am convinced that with connection, anything is possible. Being understood, feeling like you have someone to turn to and feeling safe to make mistakes. That could be a description of the ideal class, the ideal marriage, the ideal school, or the ideal friendship. Connections make everything better. I saw this in the interactions that led us towards our musical success and felt proud to articulate this in both my address to the graduates and my roof top awards to our staff on the last day of the school year. While we don’t do things for compliments, I received one of the ultimate ones from a colleague who said “You appreciate each staff and every staff member and student.” I believe that it is through connections that you learn about yourself and how to serve others.
Moral of big idea #3 – Connect with those around you and you will always be – just be.
A scorching summer has started and I am very open in saying that I am looking very much forward to enjoying the break, and yet I also know that my mind won’t completely shut off over the next two months. I think that’s a good thing. When you have passion for what you do, and find ways to engage and connect, your days will always be filled with excitement, contentment and fulfillment.
Enjoy the Summer in whatever form it comes your way. Read, relax, laugh, think connect with others and then repeat! The Super Sonic Jet is still in the air I hope it continues soaring. Happy July.