Agility - not physically, but emotionally, socially and academically - is a vital characteristic for personal growth and achievement, Principal Mrs Maryanne Davis pointed out to senior students recently.

As you know, this year we are looking at the Danebank S.E.A.L. of approval: service to others, enthusiasm, agility and leadership. Last term Mr Wilkins spoke about enthusiasm. All of the elements of the SEAL acronym are connected and I will be looking at the connection between being enthusiastic and agile.

Danebank S.E.A.L of approval

Now, I know that others will speak about the importance and value of being physically agile so I want to talk about being agile academically, emotionally and socially.

What have you committed to?

I hope that you have been enthusiastic enough to make commitments this term. Commitments to music, drama, debating, sport, public speaking and various other clubs and activities in the school.

Some of you have made commitments to leadership as prefects, house officials, year representatives on Student Council, Ut Prosim leaders, Bond Leaders, captains of sports of sporting teams, SIC and FOCUS leaders and so many other things within our school community.

In class you will have made commitments to group projects and to other specific subject activities. You will have made commitments to yourself perhaps to study harder, to do your homework at a specific time, to cut down on time on social media.

Perhaps you have made commitments at home to empty the dishwasher each day or to keep you room tidy or do you own washing.

You will need to be physically, emotionally, academically and socially agile to meet these commitments, yet, that is what is expected of you.


A big question mark. I wonder how you are going so far? Have you fulfilled your commitment to your sporting teams and music groups? Have you attended every practice? Have you attended every game? Have you fulfilled commitments to yourself, your friends and parents?

As you look back just across the 10 days of this term … have you made excuses when you haven’t fulfilled your commitments to your teachers, your parents, your friends, your team mates, the other leaders you work alongside? Have you decided you couldn’t make the effort and got your parents to make excuses for you, so you didn’t have to fulfill your commitments?

It isn’t always easy to be agile. It isn’t always as much fun as being enthusiastic. It often requires more work on your part, but it is vital for your own growth and personal achievement.

Urban dictionary text
The urban dictionary (with a few changes on my part) says:

  • Commitment is what transforms the promise into reality
  • It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions and the actions which speak louder than words
  • It is making the time when there is none
  • It is coming through with what you have said; time after time after time, year after year after year
  • Commitment is the stuff character is made of, the power to change the face of things
  • It is the daily triumph of integrity over self

This commitment, if we keep it, is a golden pathway to shared accomplishment. I hope that throughout this term you will be agile enough to meet your commitments.

Mrs Maryanne Davis, Principal

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6-8