During the last weeks, we have concluded many of the student elections for this current academic year. The new Student Guild is now in post and just today, all students and staff voted for their new Head Students. Our nine candidates have given their speeches, campaigned hard and it is now time to count the votes. The quality of student leadership at Regents is something we are very proud of and our democratic processes are engrained into our school culture and ethos. Democracy is a foundation pillar of our Round Square philosophy and is a privilege that we all enjoy and have the right to express. This week found us looking back at our shared histories and remembering the countless men and women who have given their life in conflict across the years to secure us the freedoms we enjoy today. Democracy remains a powerful motivation for action which should be protected, never taken for granted and we hope that our students know and appreciate this as they move towards adulthood. Reflection and looking back has incredible personal and social value but only if we use what we find to learn, adapt our attitudes and change our behaviours as we move forward. These changes can be small and have an immediate impact upon your next science lesson, your desire to learn a new instrument, your drive to attain that higher grade, take a risk and run for a student leadership position or grow into having a clear vision of what career you want to pursue for the rest of your life. We want all our students to have a clear understanding that looking back and learning from previous success and failure can only make you a more resilient and creative learner as well as a stronger person. We are confident that all our students will leave Regents having learned respect for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today as well as knowing how to effectively use lessons from their past as a way of shaping and focusing their very bright futures.
Paul McConnell, Deputy Head of Secondary