Principal's Update: Serving Others

“Making money is a happiness; making other people happy is a superhappiness”
(Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize)

It has been a wonderful day at school today for our Pink Day, raising awareness and raising money for Breast Cancer charities. My sincere thanks to all members of our community for participating, and in particular to the PTA who have done such an amazing job with coordinating the day and all the events which surround it.

I thought this event would be a suitable time to mention again the focus of the school on Service. In other words, how we can help others within school and beyond, thereby also improving our own lives and our contribution to society. The following quote from a Time Magazine article from last year says it very well:

Altruism is hardwired in the brain and it’s pleasurable. Helping others may just be the secret to living a life that is not only happier but also healthier, wealthier, more productive and more meaningful.

Across the school we continue to seek opportunities for students to contribute acts of Service. In addition to the Pink Events this month, we have also seen hundreds of boxes collected for the Box Appeal, providing much needed items for the labourers who work in The UAE. Later this term our Secondary students in Years 10 and 13 will be going to work with local people in Tanzania, and our Key Stage 3 and Primary students will be working on a number of projects, particularly with a focus on ensuring a sustainable environment.

Our expectation is that all students will undertake Service activities every term, appropriate for their age and building on past achievements. Making a positive contribution to the communities around us helps develop self-esteem and confidence in many ways, which in turn leads to improved academic performance. The cycle of success leading to success becomes embedded and helps prepare our students in every possible way to make a positive impact on their world.