“Lead, follow or get out of the way” – that was the text on a popular car sticker many years ago. Today, it still does carry some truth. As we are getting our students ready for a future life and a career that we know little about, we believe that leading and leadership will remain a necessary quality regardless.
There are no born leaders, and looking back we would very much doubt that we would assign admirable leadership qualities to some of the leaders throughout history, considering their methods and results. Leadership can best be learned by leading – as skiing will best be learned by skiing. From Early Education until Grade 12, in differing degrees, all students have opportunities to experience themselves as leaders. This week’s blog (Primary, Secondary) contributions from the principals show that.
Enjoy reading the newsletter with this aspect in mind.
Also, please make note of our Sports Shop Opening Times in the following PDF.
Next Thursday the shop will be open from 8:30 to 14:00 to coincide with the Primary School Parent Teacher Conferences.
Our Grade 5s play an important role in our Primary School for being the leaders and role models for the other students. This week the spotlight was on them as they talked in assembly to the rest of their classmates and teachers about what they had learned by being away at camp in the first few weeks of the term…leadership, collaboration, trust and how it had helped them build stronger relationships with each other.
The Student Council also spoke in assembly and wanted to find out what the other students thought about the lunches we have in school and the cafeteria system. They recorded the questions and comments and will be formulating an Action Plan on how to make the lunchtimes more pleasant.
Additionally, this year in Grade 5 as part of our music curriculum, we are piloting an instrumental programme taught by music teachers from the Kleinmachnow music school. In the assembly, the students showed the instruments to the rest of the school and demonstrated how to play them.
It was a joy to see Secondary School Student Council members, House Leaders and Class Reps from grade 6 to 12 working together during their leadership retreat on Monday. They collaborated on various Lego Serious Play challenges and analysed which skills they need to improve further as leaders.
After looking at Tuckman’s theory of group dynamics, Mr Gregory, who facilitated the workshop, had arranged Job-Alike sessions. This way, all of our student leaders met with principals, accountants, secretaries and event organisers to ask them about how to motivate and lead, and how to plan, finance and organise events.
The students applied some of what they had learned straight afterwards, when they met in groups to plan their next events.
Recently, our Grade 9 students who are studying Spanish went to the Gemäldegalerie to visit the exhibit El Siglo de Oro – the Golden Age of Spanish art – one of the most important and popular chapters in European cultural history. Together with Ms Montaraz and Mr Lopez, the students visited a major exhibition showcasing 17th century Spanish paintings and sculptures in all their fascinating variety.
El Siglo de Oro: The Age of Velázquez included more than 130 masterpieces by Velázquez, El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, and Bartolomé E. Murillo, as well as lesser-known artists such as Alonso Cano and Gregorio Fernández. Our 9th graders enjoyed the guided tour of the exhibition in Spanish and were given some time to appreciate the paintings and to work on descriptive questions in Spanish individually. The purpose of this trip was to promote and appreciate language and culture through art and history. It was a fantastic experience that was very much enjoyed by the students and the perfect way to celebrate the Spanish National Day.