Creativity, confidence and courage (C3)
Those of you who have had the pleasure (or not) of hearing my speech ‘All about Me’ (I usually do it for lower school students when preparing them for their own speaking assessments – you remember…Judith Summerhayes?…Falling in love?), will know that when I get to the end section, ‘Lessons of life’, I summarise these lessons as the ‘three Cs’: I’ve learned that life is essentially about encouraging ourselves to be ‘creative, confident and courteous’. This speech evolved in my years of teaching at my previous school, so you can imagine my wonder when, on my first day at KEHS, during the first assembly of the year, the Head signed off her own introductory speech with a call to all girls for ‘creativity, confidence and courage’. “Two out of three,” I thought to myself, “Not bad.” I knew then that I was in the right place. That was in September 2010. Two years later, these ideas have evolved further into the course we call TREK which embodies a range of guiding precepts outlined below:
1. Think for yourself.
2. Be yourself.
3. Believe in yourself and your abilities, whatever they might be.
4. Feel free to agree and disagree.
5. Be honest with yourself and others.
6. Work to your strengths.
7. Question everything and be open-minded.
8. Be critical without offending.
9. Avoid clichés and being judgmental.
10 . Take care about what you say and how you say it.
11. Train your mind to be infinitely adaptive.
12. Take risks to challenge false beliefs.