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Every moment offers a new start

At the first Senior School assembly of the year, Principal Mrs Maryanne Davis welcomed students with the message that “every moment offers the possibility of a new start”, then posing the challenging question: ‘Who ARE you?’

Mrs Davis let students watch the YouTube clip of the song “It’s who you are” by AJ Michalka (see the lyrics elsewhere on the page), and then used the song’s lyrics as the theme for her message.

She pointed out that, this early in the year, the road ahead may look way too difficult and long “because we are setting the wrong goals”. Saying students should speak to their year coordinator, a teacher, a counsellor, or one of the chaplains, should they feel this way, and advised: “At this stage of the year we need to get things into perspective”.

“Mr. (Glenn) Wilkins has just joined us as Deputy Principal … he has to learn a lot about what his job entails, but he is making sure that he takes it one step at a time. No one expects him to know everything straight away. The same is true for each one of you.”

Throughout the year, students will have to make many choices, and “if your choices are all about getting cheers from your peers it will not be a good year,” Mrs Davis said.

“Throughout the year there will be times when you have to ‘make your sun’. You have the ability, or can develop the ability with help from counsellors, to take actions that bring sun into your darkest night.

“You can also choose your race, and then you run … so, you need to choose the challenges you want to take on, push yourself to find our how fast and how far you can run and not be distracted by the negative things like seeing who is getting the glory, or who is scoring highest: it is never about trying to work out who is less and who is more.”

Mrs Davis assured students that if things don't turn out as expected, or if they failed at something, “you need to know that it is OK. If you lose the moon then be a star – be who you are!”

“And if you do these things and achieve what you are striving for, you will realise that you haven’t travelled this road alone, it won’t be just you who has made the run and achieved the climb: all those associated with you will have grown through the journey too, be they teachers, parents, friends, counsellors, and family.”

Quoting from the song, Mrs Davis said: “It is all about Learning to bend and not to break, living to give more than you take, dying to live, living to try, feet on the ground, and dreams in the sky. You will never be about how much you have … it will be about who you are. But what do I mean by that?

“Have you ever heard the expression ‘what you see is what you get’? well, that’s what we mean when we say ‘it’s who you are’. Another way of putting it is to ‘walk the talk’. Is what you say lived out by how you live? Do you walk the talk?

“That is our theme for the year: walk the talk … it’s who you are.”

Mrs Maryanne Davis, Principal

 

Lyrics to the song “It’s who you are” by AJ Michalka

It’s not the price
It’s not the game
It’s not the score
It’s not the fame
Whatever road looks way too far
It’s not what you have it’s who you are

It’s not how fast
It’s not how far
It’s not of cheers
It’s who you are
In darkest night
You make your sun
You choose your race
And then you run

It’s never the glory
It’s never the score
It’s not about seeing who’s less and who’s more
‘Cause when you find out how fast and how far
You’ll know it’s not how much you have
It’s who you are

You lose the moon
Then be a star
It’s not too soon
Be who you are
Whatever road looks way too far
It’s not what you have
It’s who you are

It’s never the glory
It’s never the score
It’s not about seeing who’s less and who’s more
‘Cause when you find out how fast and how far
You’ll know it’s not how much you have
It’s who you are

When you have found
how fast you can run
When you have found
Your place in the sun
It won’t be just you that you’ll find
Has made the run and the climb
It’s everyone

It’s never the glory
It’s never the score
It’s not about seeing who’s less and who’s more
‘Cause when you find out how fast and how far
You’ll know it’s not how much you have
It’s who you are

Learning to bend and not to break
Living to give more than you take
Dying to live
Living to try
Feet on the ground
Dreams in the sky
It’s never how much you have
It’s who you are

How to walk to talk

Having announced our theme for the year, Walk the Talk, Mrs Davis explained how we will be looking at that throughout the year and how it can be achieved:

Envision: What are your dreams, goals and challenges and what plans do you have to make those dreams and visions a reality?
Engage: Have you taken action to engage with the various things YOU need to do, whether it is gaining new skills, developing your understanding of a subject, speaking to others who have already achieved what you hope to achieve. Have you engaged?
Explore: Are you exploring further for yourself? One of the things that all of your teachers comment on, is that they want you to think for yourselves. They want to do more than simply pouring information into you for you to regurgitate. They want YOU to take the initiative in your learning. To explore further than what you have been fed from others.
Empower: If you envision and engage and explore, you will be empowered … empowered to achieve things beyond your current expectations. You will find out who you are and you will be able to walk the talk.
Walk the talk: I want you to think about all of the things you want to be as a person. I want you to think about what you say you believe is right, things like treating others the way you want to be treated, supporting others who are finding it tough, being friends with and include those who are sitting outside the friendship groups. In 2018 we all need to walk the talk and if we do this, then this will be an amazing year!

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