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A hopeful future

Five days worth of learning neatly slotted into four days has been expertly navigated by our teachers… we will now assume they are having a day of outdoor learning on the 5th day, courtesy of you!

Last week I visited Macau and attended the FOBISIA Leadership Conference. Aside from Macau being a very interesting place to host an educational conference (!), I, along with Lewis Keens presented to a number of other international schools. Our focus being how a Well-being framework positively affects children, not only at school but hopefully throughout their life. This coupled with the Remembrance Assembly that was so beautifully put together by Mr Jones got me thinking…

About hope.  According to the Cambridge dictionary, hope is ‘to express the feeling or wish that something desired will happen. Our desire as a school is to see ouryour children content, able to handle whatever life may bring – to recognise moments of celebration and equally acknowledge when things have gone wrong. Remembering those in our assembly who had lost their lives in conflict gave us reason to stop and reflect how we individually and collectively can contribute to a better world. Allow me to share an analogy I heard at the weekend from Julie Stern:

Not too long ago we as teachers and parents had a good idea of the future ahead. We stood at the top of the mountain with a great vantage point, we had informed ideas about how to prepare children for the future but today’s world is different, it has changed drastically compared to the world we grew up in. And so now we find ourselves at the foothills of the mountains, not knowing what will come and having no idea what lies beyond the mountains. So, what can we do, how can we prepare our children for the future?

There is hope! We can equip our precious commodities with skills that will help them support themselves as they navigate through life. I’m so pleased we have Well-being as a whole school goal at BSM. The introduction of the framework only added weight to this commitment and has proved to be instrumental to our community. The five strands scaffold what we think is important for our children to acquire in their time here and beyond.

 

I encourage you this weekend to spend time with your family, share stories and listen to theirs. You may learn something new!

This week is week A.

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