This week there have been many examples of how this is engrained in our students, who take on leadership roles spontaneously, often now without even being asked.
For example last week Year 7 decided to organise a stall to raise some more money for the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (EPRC) (see our Community Officer’s article). Not only did they organise this final stall by themselves, but they also raised a considerable amount of money, using very good entrepreneurial skills!
On Tuesday, Year 7 also showed great leadership skills when they took on their roles as Ambassadors showing prospective parents round the school. The students who have been in this role for a while also trained new students. For the same event, Cong Hoang from Year 10, as part of his reward for winning our translanguaging completion last Friday, was asked to be Mr. Sayer’s interpreter for the morning. He did an extremely impressive job and fulfilled the role in a professional manner and to a very high standard.
Our French club, led by Mrs. Murray-Smith had also been planning an event for a few weeks, which took place on Wednesday. They created a French café and invited staff to come and eat, drink, play games and converse in French. It was great fun, but more importantly, seeing what they were able to achieve on their own was also very impressive.
Furthermore, on Wednesday this week, in a Year 11 English lesson, the students were studying a challenging poem and teaching each other. The teacher’s input was minimal and the atmosphere was one where students were very comfortable leading their own learning!
These are just a few examples of how we are clearly producing future leaders!
On Tuesday, it was also a pleasure to meet James Otis, the High School Principal of North Broward School in Florida. It was an opportunity to get to know one of our Nord Anglia schools a little better and start to build links. We talked in particular about their possible support when BVIS students visit American Universities in Year 12.
Mrs Sarah Wild - Head of Secondary