From the Principal’s Desk – 14 September, 2017
The old adage “if something is worth doing then it’s worth doing well” has been pretty apt this week.
With last night being the final night of two weeks of amazing musical performances at HBIS, I am once again left astounded by the talent and commitment of all the students who have participated in either of the two productions this fortnight. It got me thinking of how in a world that is so fast paced with a culture of instant gratification, there is one thing that can and must truly never change. And that is the commitment to a project or goal, seeing it through to the very end and of course giving nothing but your absolute best and 100% effort.
The extra-curricular programme of any school is a wonderful opportunity for students to practise and apply this skill – if you want to be a good sportsman, you need to train, be present and commit to being part of a team. If you want to sing or act in a group you have to rehearse for hours to be able to pull off a show or performance that you can truly be proud of. In whatever activity you choose to participate in, what will distinguish those who may succeed from those that don’t, is their attitude towards how they go about achieving their objectives or goals.
Time and time again we see that doing anything half-heartedly will only produce something substandard. Mediocrity is one of the most dangerous attitudes in the 21st century – it kills your creativity, sends out a message that you could not be bothered and will not allow those amazing opportunities (even if some may be painful) for personal growth and mastery.
There is nothing wrong with having an expectation of embracing excellence – in fact it is something we need to demand of ourselves and of each other. Few students fully understand that in the workforce of tomorrow (and today), mediocrity will not bring a successful career or life path. Schools can play a powerful role in ensuring that this important skill and attitude of doing something to the best of your ability is present and entrenched in their students. A teacher (and parent) should expect work and behaviour of a high standard and students must learn to be proud of who they are and what they produce.
And so I believe, if we all continue to aim for excellence in everything that we do, we will raise our standards in both our professional and private lives. In fact an old Burmese saying said it best: “Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it”
These last two weeks, I am proud to say that I saw excellence in action at HBIS.