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2018/19 November Week 4 : Message from Nick West

23 November 2018

Be Ambitious. This statement is well known amongst every single Nord Anglia School, in Shanghai, China and around the world. But what does it mean? What does it mean to you?

For me, being ambitious can be in every aspect of one’s life, of your children’s, of your parents. It is closely linked to lifelong learning. To be a lifelong learner you are open-minded, you are willing to try new things, you persevere even when something is difficult. I am learning Chinese, I am persevering, I have a long way to go but I think this gives me a deeper understanding of the culture within China and will hopefully allow me one day to converse well with students and you. This is easily defined as being ambitious because it is difficult, it would be easy to give up, it would be easy to fail. If you are willing, then I think this is truly being ambitious.

I will be asking the students over the next few months to try and define being ambitious and what it means to them. Once we have a shared definition it is much easier to recognise ambition and see the other qualities a person possesses to be ambitious.

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I have two examples to share from this last weekend of our staff being ambitious.

Last Sunday morning I stood and waited at the half-way point of the Shanghai marathon to cheer on Victor Wang, our facilities manager, as he attempted to beat his time of 3:26:00 from last year, this was ambitious. I was delighted to hear he finished the run an hour or so later in a time of 3:19:37, seven minutes quicker. I feel if he had beaten it or not, he was still ambitious, the ambition is in the trying and the idea. Well done Victor!

Over the weekend we also had some very ambitious teachers who travelled to Thailand to participate in the 2018 AGGs (Asian Gaelic Games), representing Shanghai against teams from many other countries. You can read below their successes as recalled by Mr. Andrew Mullan, grade 5 leader, one of the ambitious participants. They are to be congratulated on their efforts and I am sure the children have heard lots about it too. Mr. Mullan writes…

Men’s Senior Team:
Finished 2nd in the group stage after picking up 3 excellent wins from 4 games on the Saturday. 2nd place was confirmed with a strong performance against hosts Thailand on Sunday morning.

However, our 6th game in 2 days was tough on the legs as Singapore produced an excellent performance to knock us out of the competition at the semi-final stage.

Men’s Intermediate Team:
Placed in a difficult group with Hong Kong and Singapore intermediate teams, Shanghai produced a battling performance against Hong Kong to make it into the Plate semi-final. An early start on Sunday morning saw Shanghai make a slow start against a strong intermediate team from Singapore. Despite an excellent second half performance, Shanghai couldn’t make up the difference and became the second Shanghai men’s team to be beaten at the semi-final stage by Singapore.

Women’s Intermediate Team:
The most successful team of the weekend saw the Shanghai Ladies take the intermediate plate after defeating Singapore ladies in a thrilling final. Shanghai conceded an early goal leaving them on the back foot for most of the game. However, their battling spirit was evident throughout the whole game as they managed to claim victory by 2 points to send the traveling teams from Shanghai into wild celebrations. At the awards ceremony, Ann Marie Herward was awarded an All-Star for her performances during the weekend.

Well done to Mr. Stephen Murphy, Mr. Stephen Greene, Mr. Jamie Owens, Mr. Michael Slane, Mr. Ciaran McCallan, Mr. Conor O’Sullivan, Ms. Ann-Marie Herward, Ms. Kate Hennessy and Mr. Andrew Mullan? What an outstanding ambitious effort.


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