Parents may recall I wrote about the world Economic Forum analysis of the skills required for the workplace of the future. I wanted to follow up on this.
In almost every case what determines strong outcomes as members of a company team or as an individual is the taking of personal responsibility and high levels of engagement. This week as mentioned in other blogs, students prepare to embark on or are returning from their residential trips. This is a wide variety of trips from F3 all the way to the top of the school – such is our passion for this aspect of personal growth. The relationships that are formed between students and with staff can often be unforgettable moments. Challenge is to be expected as well as those delightful moments – conversations, laughter, views, simply the delight of being together with friends. How students engage with positive mental attitudes often defines the extent of their personal growth.
Equally, in the classroom, the same could be said. Independent study – also known in some places as homework – is not just a time-filler, keeping students busy because we think they have too much spare on their hands. No, we want students to use these opportunities to grow in personal responsibility for their own learning.
The skills that we seek to develop of creativity, collaboration, lateral thinking, to name but a few are all superbly enhanced through the first rate partnerships with Juilliard, MIT, and Global Campus. Parents should begin to see much more communication around these core areas as we publish on Facebook and on the website events that are taking place in school. In addition, the development of values is essential to success in adult life and so the work throughout the school on UNICEF’s Sustainable Development Goals is critical to our mission of helping students have a sense of self and others.
Qualities of compassion, responsibility, thoughtfulness, independence are all being strongly developed through this educational offering. Week on week, we are proud to make this available to all of our students, as we look beyond traditional education.