I also heard other things including wanting to beat their personal best times in swimming and improving as a pianist.
I shared with them that this year I want to make more of an effort to learn languages. I am ashamed that I have worked internationally for so long and can speak only a little French very badly. We had good fun together as the children helped me begin this journey by teaching me and their friends some key words in from their language; there is a real benefit in working in an international school in that there are such a range of languages the children can teach me! I need to take more advantage of the opportunity.
But the one of the key messages I wished to give, of course, is that we should continue to learn (no matter our age!) and always seek ways to improve. The children demonstrate that they understand this not only at New Year but regularly in the classroom as well. They learn it because we encourage them to be independent learners; they know how to identify areas for improvement throughout the curriculum and set themselves targets. In this way they take responsibility for their learning and achievement and, of course, the credit for their progress.
But another message I wanted to share was that even if we don’t manage to fulfil our New Year’s resolution first time, we shouldn’t give up. Really I wanted to emphasise is that New Year’s Resolutions should last all year and not just the first few days of January, as is often the case. In the classroom we encourage the same message through the old saying ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again’. This builds resilience, and we notice that it is the effort that often makes the learning even more effective and the achievement even sweeter.
And on one occasion this week we also discussed in Assembly that resolutions can also be about improving socially by being a better friend, being more organised and being more helpful at home; you can let me know if that last one worked!
We should be proud that our children at BISS are up for the challenge to continuously improve; that is so much part of our school culture. Our commitment here is to encourage and support them on their journey.
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary