In my speech, I spoke about 21st Century Skills, including “the 4 Cs” - Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking, which can all be found in our What Makes a Great St Andrews Lesson? Document and were a real focus during our recent Year 6-9 Project Week.
At St Andrews, we think that some other Cs are equally important, for example Citizenship (included in our Mission Statement, first written 10 years ago, just before St Andrews began offering the IB Diploma Programme) and Community - Our What Makes a Great St Andrews Community? Document was written by the rest of the High School two years ago, while the Class of 2018 were taking their IGCSE exams.
Our 64 Graduates, who have been students at the school for anything from one to fifteen years, are graduating into a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world, and I reminded them of the importance of embracing paradox, quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald (“the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function”), dialogue and, quoting Bishop Michael Curry's Sermon at the previous Saturday’s Royal Wedding, love. You can read my full speech here.