As parents, we are presented with important choices regarding raising our children on a daily basis. One of the most important decisions is the school we chose for them. Apart from home, school is the single most important place in the lives of most children. Their experience at school will play a vital part in shaping who they are and will impact their academic, social and, probably, their occupational future. When choosing a school you have the opportunity to reflect on your own education. How did it impact your life, and what choices have you made that have led you to where you are today that are directly related to a school you attended?
As a child, I loved the “choose your own adventure” books (remember those?) – taking on the role of the stories protagonist and, as the story, evolves getting two or three options that could continue the story or, if unlucky, end it there. Now, as an adult, the adventure continues with the choices I make on daily basis for myself and my children. The ability to have choices is powerful, some choices have a great impact and other less so, but all effect some aspect of our future or someone else’s.
Our children are taught in school about making choices – their weekly library book, food in the canteen, what to play with during break time, how to treat others in a conflict. All of these instances of choice are setting the foundation for when their time comes to make the important choices about the direction their lives will take and eventually for their own children.
So, as they say in the chose your adventure books – “there are dangers, choices, adventure, and consequences. YOU must use all of your numerous talents and much of your enormous intelligence. The wrong decision could end in disaster. But don’t despair, YOU at any time, can go back and make another choice.”
Erin Woodhams is our Director of Marketing and Admissions as well as Senior Leadership Team member since 2015.