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Seven Habits and Six Steps – Some Easter Break Reads

27 maart 2015

As we have some time off I would like to tempt you into some possibly unusual reads your children may enjoy. Many of us have looked in a bookshop, or nowadays on a kindle or tablet, at books that can develop personal skills. “How to win friends and  influence people” is the classic that has now been parodied in many different ways but today I wanted to pass on to parents and hopefully to students, a couple of books that your children may enjoy reading that are aimed at young people improving their knowledge and skills in life.  

The first of these is based on an international adult business best seller called “The Seven habits of Highly Effective People” written by Stephen Covey. Time magazine recently listed this book as one of the ‘top 25 most influential Business management books’ and since it was written in 1989 it has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.  Covey’s son Sean, who was brought up on the principles of his dad’s work, decided that this was a useful strategy that led to his success and therefore wrote a student friendly version of the book to help teenagers. This book shows teens that the habits of success are equally applicable to young people in education, therefore you may want to encourage your children to read “The Seven Habits of Highly effective Teens.”  Some schools have taken this book to heart and have incorporated it into their school culture and into lesson plans. I myself have used it in assemblies for Years 7 through to 11 as it is very closely aligned to our educational philosophy.  It’s a great book and it can do no harm to suggest your child have a look at it while they have some down time in the coming days.

The second book that you might like to consider is from another of our keenly followed authors at adult level across Nord Anglia Education and that is Daniel Pink.  Dan Pink is an interesting speaker and writer who has crossed the popular divide. An ex-White House speech writer and a motivational speaker and analyst, he was voted in 2013 by Thinkers 50 as one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world.  He has sold millions of copies of books about business, work and behaviour and if you have the National Geographic channel you can currently also see him as the presenter of a light hearted social impact programme called “crowd control”.

The reason I bring him to your attention for a good read is that he produced an interesting and engaging book written in the style of a Japanese Manga (comic) book. This book is aimed at slightly older students and looks at the world of jobs and the advice you wished you had been told at an earlier age. “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need” is not quite the pinnacle of what the title claims it to be, but an interesting and informative book that adults and older teens alike will find interesting and useful and Pink gives six lessons to consider about a career plan.

With Covey’s seven habits and Pink’s six lessons it’s certainly something to think about over the break.

Finally, we have made it the end of another term; we are now getting to the business end of the year with external and internal exams approaching for all. It is important our students have a good rest but not lose focus on the learning that has been done. Trackers that you have received on Thursday should re-enforce this. Please do sit down and look through the reports that have been sent home and congratulate your children where there has been improvement or continued good work and discuss and plan how to improve where you and your child feel there are areas that could be better. I wish all our students (and parents who can have one) a relaxing break. For our exam students a productive break of rest and revision is needed for the final push. We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 7 April.

- Chris Share, Head of Secondary

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