Lesson - 5 Learn
Leaders are teachers. Learning emphasises that excellent teams ‘don’t believe in excellence, only in constant improvement and constant change’. For the All Blacks this means a ‘daily map of self-improvement’ and an ‘aggregation of marginal gains’ articulated as: ‘Things I Do Today’. Marginal gains can be ‘technical, physical, practical, operational or psychological’ – but these gains must become the organisation’s ‘central operating principle’. (James Kerr)
This lesson resonated so strongly with me - I am constantly trying to be better in everything that I do. Sometimes that is easy and sometimes it is just darn difficult. The concept of marginal gains is a good one and I live comfortably in the knowledge that any improvement is brick-by-brick.
As everyone knows, being a principal is a challenging job at times and at other times it is simply fantastic to be part of an occasion that is so uplifting and joyful that you are filled with immense pride. One such occasion was attending the Eisteddfod last weekend. Watching our girls sing, in the purest of voices, and our staff exuding such professionalism and passion, made me appreciate how lucky I am to be at Glennie. A big congratulations to everyone involved in such an outstanding representation of the School.
Apart from our wonderful choristers last weekend, the Glennie Equestrian Team was in full force at the Darling Downs Inter-school event. Our girls rode well and represented their school with pride. It was a pleasure to see the high standard of horse and rider, coupled with exemplary sportsmanship. Well done girls.
Yesterday we acknowledged our Senior Years academic achievers for Semester 1 in a student-lead Academic Assembly. It is appropriate that we take time to recognise the consistent, hard work and achievement of our girls in what is our core business - the education of our young women. So many accomplishments and so many girls believing in the ethos of constant improvement.
Once again it has been a busy week, and with the Glennie Jazz Fest to look forward to on Sunday, life as a principal is looking pretty good.
With every blessing for the week ahead.
Ms Mary Anne Evans