Lesson 7: Expectations – let us prepare ourselves for the fray. When we lose ‘make a mental note of how you feel [at the moment of loss] and make sure you never feel that way again’.
Building our own momentum to achieve occurs, for example, through keeping notes documenting successes and failures, including: affirmations; mantras; notes-to-self; reminders; exhortations; expectations; anchors; and, priming words. Retain humility after each success through preparing always to start again today!
A big part of my job is managing expectations - expectations of staff, parents, and students - and to do this, communication is key. Part of our School’s communication is to let our existing community, and persons external to the Glennie community, have a greater insight into who we are and what we do. This started with a Years 5 and 6 information evening about the Senior School, followed by the Glennie Open Week. What a reaffirming experience this was. Clarity was gained around our K-12 subject offerings, extra-curricular opportunities, camps, welfare and the like. Most significantly for me though, is the embedded cultural value of a Glennie bespoke education. When the School began in 1908, the essence of who we are as a school began - girls of courage, respect, integrity, and compassion. I have said it repeatedly since my arrival, and this week has been no different, that our girls are special and the sense of joy, caring, humble, and deep abiding kindness is something that is them. They do not do this alone though; we have wonderful parents who work with the School tirelessly to give our girls opportunities, and of course, our professional staff who are leaders in their educational field and are passionate about girls' education. All of this is telling.
Much like the All Blacks, we will reassess what we have done in order to make it better next year. We will “Retain humility after each success through preparing always to start again today!”
Of special note, this week is the wonderful achievement of Alexandra Sharp, Year 10 who has received a full scholarship to CASE Ocean School in 2022. Alexandra’s commitment to studies, passion for the ocean, and focus on supporting ocean sustainability into the future contributed to her successful submission. She is one of only three students across Australia to receive the scholarship.
Three scholarship places were generously funded by the California Association of STEAM Education (CASE) as part of the organisation’s aim to offer students the highest standard of STEAM learning; collaboratively and globally. CASE Ocean School is an experience like no other! A holistic STEAM ocean adventure in world-renowned Australian locations.
Congratulations Alexandra! We are so proud of you.
With every blessing for the final two weeks of term.
Mary Anne Evans