You can follow their progress on the blog. On Friday afternoon Year 9s met with some American students who are visiting Hanoi to do some work with Operation Smile (see Mr Chaddock’s article about the event).
In assembly today, Key Stage 3 students reflected on the key characteristics of successful people. Currently a lot of the research shows that successful people all have ‘grit’. It is often observed that students and adults give up too easily and are not patient enough to wait to see results. Prof. Angela Duckworth, one of the leading experts in this field, explains that ‘the correlation between self-discipline and achievement is twice as large as the correlation between IQ and achievement’. At BVIS a ‘can do’ culture prevails but now students need to take this attitude a step further. So we encourage students to be passionate, resilient, determined and focused and to be able to persevere, even when the long term goals are still out of sight. Giving up is not an option! What is important is to teach students how to make their goals manageable and achievable, so they know how to build up to them little by little.
I love climbing and the reason I always get to the top is that I do not stop until I get there. I do not give myself the option of turning round! Through programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh, we help the students to become persistent and hope that this will rub off on them, whatever they are doing! When running the climbing club this week, I was really proud of all the Year 7 participants. Each time they were faced with a hard move, they kept trying to achieve it. When I witness this, I know that those students will do extremely well in exams and in life, as they have clear determination whatever the obstacles!
Mrs Sarah Wild - Head of Secondary