We could do well to see the world through the optimistic eyes of the young
There is not one of us who has seen news in the last few months who can fail to be moved by the terrible tragedies that have occurred. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected and all of us in schools are minded of our duty to prepare our pupils for an increasingly volatile world stage.
It is for this reason that strong leadership and in particular, strong ethical leadership skills are so important to young people. One does not have to look far to see the need for people with these attributes. We can learn a lot from our children – they are accommodating to incomers, instinctively trusting and have a strong sense of justice. A recent initiative in our school to undertake 75 Acts of Kindness to celebrate our 75th anniversary has borne wonderful results. Children have, amongst other things, planted and tidied a garden at the Samuel Johnson Hospital, donated their hair to make wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment and collected essential items to make ‘survival bags’ for the homeless, delivering them to those in need. Children do not need convincing into doing these things; they do not need incentive or reward. Rather, they just need solid ethical foundations – a sense of doing what is right because they know it to be so and a platform on which to do it. Give them the platform and off they go. We could not be more pleased to be at the forefront of ethical leadership in education and it is enormously encouraging to send young people with a sound moral and social conscience out into the world. As the world gets more complex so does doing good. We could all do well to see the world through the optimistic eyes of the young. I am impressed daily by them and have a sneaky feeling the future will be in safe hands.
In servi Deo et laetare