Just under 50% of the UK population make them every January and only 8% of the population fulfil their resolution and continue to enjoy the benefits in further years. Unsurprisingly, the most common resolutions are based around a determination to exercise more and live a healthy lifestyle. In our current climate, I know a number of people who are focusing on well-being and mindfulness. However, beware as apparently, the most common month to fail in the maintenance of your new resolution is February!
Ways of retaining good intensions reminds me of a conference I attended many years ago when Sir John Jones talked about making your positive changes become a habit. When new lifestyle or behaviours become habits then we no longer have to consider them, as routine takes over. As educationalists this is important when trying to instil excellence in learning. Our TBS Warsaw philosophy of being ambitious for ourselves and others is the theme of today’s news.
As an Senior Leadership Team, we have started the year by beginning a review of our TBS Warsaw Mission and Vision. By considering the skills we hope to provide our students with, in order to equip them for the 21st Century, we discussed the phrase ‘being future ready’. Of course, no one really knows what the future brings however skills such as adaptability, flexibility, collaboration, creativity and an ability to problem solve are seen as important. The first question we asked ourself is, ‘How well are we preparing students for the future?’. Is our curriculum delivery and overall provision offering the appropriate tools for our students? Valuable discussions were had and many further questions raised about how we can become even better as a school.
Involving students, teachers and parents in this task is very important. We have been interviewing students over the course of Term 1 about their learning and gained a useful insight of how children perceive their own learning; their expectations and the most positive methods of inspiring them to go even further than they thought possible. We will continue these discussions with teachers and have a cross phase development team working on revision of our vision and mission. Parent groups will also be invaluable in this process and we hope to arrange these as the term progresses.
I look forward to sharing our discussions as they unfold and to ultimately make some of our conclusions for improvement become TBS Warsaw habits.
I would like to wish our community the very best wishes for 2021 and extend a special welcome to those new families joining our school.