‘High expectations, high expectations, high expectations ... and plenty of care for the students’.
I like this phrase! There is little doubt that John XXIII College is a high expectation school where we encourage our students to work towards their full potential. Even more important is ensuring that our students are happy and safe in a genuinely caring environment.
When enrolling new students, I often make the point to families that there will always be ups and downs in any phase of life, and our school is certainly not immune to those fluctuations. We would love to plan a smooth and linear path for all students and staff but inevitably there will be some ‘bumps’ along the way.
Fortunately, we work in a Catholic school environment where our students are well supported by dedicated teachers and other staff and we have excellent parental engagement. We welcome and embrace the high expectations our parents have of our teachers and other staff, including the Principal.
Similarly, our College staff has high expectations of our parents. Our families are wonderful and interactions between staff and parents is invariably positive and constructive. Mutual respect is always the key to a beneficial relationship.
This week, I had the pleasure of attending the Year 4 Musical, ‘Once Upon a Crime’, and on Sunday I look forward to attending the Spring Music Soiree. Invariably, I leave these events with a smile on my face; admiring the gifts and talents of our students but more importantly enjoying our students having fun in front of family and friends.
Similarly, plenty of our students are currently engaged in sporting competitions either through the College or more likely through community sporting teams. I loved this gem I received via email this week from the ‘Fathering Project’:
Junior Sports Finals: Winning and Losing
- Be honourable victors.
- Measure success on effort and process, not outcomes.
- Look for positives in a loss.
- The younger the children are, the less likely it is that the outcome of a match will be a result of coaching, so ensure you are preparing your kids for future participation rather than the immediate goal of winning.