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Potential, Progress and Pride

3 Feb

2014 Presentation

There is no hiding from that warm feeling as more students start to recognise their true potential and work towards the life that they dream of. It was lovely to host an awards ceremony to acknowledge the fabulous progress of some of our students. They really take pride in their work and themselves; they will make a big difference in their communities. It was fabulous seeing their joy and the pride on the faces of their family.

Now we are focussing on driving this program out across London as even with an education system, in all honesty, it is not resourced to provide the holistic education that we offer. The cuts may have slowed down the opportunities of future generations but thankfully, they are picking themselves up and reaching for the stars. Self belief is all important; once it is found, the results are quite magical. These are our true leaders of tomorrow.

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Little things mean a lot!

29 Apr

This week a really lovely thing happened. I went to a meeting with a parent at her child’s school to discuss his exam entries. She didn’t quite understand the process. To me, I’m happy to help, it’s my job. Anyway, the meeting happened, things got resolved and we left. The next day she presented me with a gorgeous bunch of flowers! I was blown away, what a great and unexpected gesture! It really made me smile even more than normal.

The next day however, I got into a deep discussion with an ex student who insisted that it is not necessary to complete school with exam qualifications. In his words, he had met a millionaire who had left school with nothing. Okay, yes, they are out there but I honestly believe he missed the point.Life is not all about money, there are so many other things that we have to do in life that life skills are key. Life skills that we teach and learn in school. Throughout the process, the student gets a sense of self respect, self discipline and pride in what they can ultimately achieve. This may well be life as a millionaire but most of all, it will be more of a fulfilled happy life which can be passed on to future generations.

My student’s mom got this. Those flowers take pride of place on my dining table and every time I look at them I know life is good. This led me to think about organising one giant free revision session for GCSE students this month. A session where 50-100 of them can come along and get some assistance. It’s going to be good and hopefully will lead to even more smiley faces come results day.

Emotional intelligence and life skills are not easy to understand for teenagers. They haven’t lived enough yet to see the importance of them. We should just keep on pushing through though. Encouraging them and spreading the word that whilst money is useful, true unconditional happiness is the most valuable asset they could ever own. It comes from within.

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