Our journey to be the very best we can be
Every one of us is filled with promise, and it is that single word which is the key to our future. When we talk about promise, we speak of potential, the person we can potentially be if we challenge ourselves to make the right choices, if we have the courage to make the necessary commitment to achieving our goals. We are greatly assisted in realising our potential if we are provided the right support by those around us, by our friends, our parents, our teachers and our community.
Here at KWS we have a dedicated and caring staff and offer a myriad of opportunities for our students to pursue and to challenge themselves. Experiences designed for them to enjoy and to assist their growth as people and citizens.
But we cannot alone bring their potential to fulfilment. A simple yet appropriate phrase that our students must adopt is “if it is to be, it is up to me”. As they grow in the School, the responsibility begins to shift- it has to be “up to you”.
The most articulated value in Ancient Greek culture is ‘Arete’. The word correctly means ‘virtue’, or being the best you can be, reaching your highest potential. Excellence is closely linked to fulfilment; the act of living up to what you are capable of becoming.
Arete is often associated with bravery, but more regularly it is linked to effectiveness. To be a person of the highest effectiveness, a person has to be able to use all of their faculties-their strength, their bravery, their wit, and intelligence. In Classical Greece, Arete was part of the traditional training of a boy in his preparation for manhood; this training included physical training, mental training, spiritual training and training in the virtues of life.
We are a school which is unrepentant in focusing on all four aspects of life. We provide opportunities to participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities; in the critical academic side, we challenge each student to ‘be the best that they can be’, extending all levels of ability, supporting areas of weakness as well as challenging the most able. We focus on the significance of virtues and values in our community and we explore our spiritual dimension to give to one’s life something larger than oneself. It is the greatest good for one to consider virtue every day, for as Socrates reminds us “the unexamined life is not worth living”.
I am very proud of the students of this school. Many understand the concept of Arete, they accept the school’s values, and strive towards the fulfilment of their potential, making the most of the opportunities here at Kinross Wolaroi.
We see this clearly expressed in so many domains of school life such as the wonderful charity initiatives driven by our students, the recent examples of our students’ determination to achieve excellence in their Visual Arts, Textile Design, Drama and Music performance, in Latin competitions, exploring the night skies, in the pool, the equestrian arena and on the sports field.
I encourage all to have courage to strive to be the very best you can be, to achieve your goals and to honour those special gifts that every one of you possess.