Message from the head of school - 03 November 2017
As we approach the final weeks of the school year, it is usual for the management team and me to reflect on the value and intent of our academic and co-curricular offering. The St Mary’s model of education includes character development as a key element in what we want to achieve and we, therefore, place emphasis on participation in the co-curricular programme and on leadership. The many and varied opportunities on offer create the context in which the girls can discover and form their individual selves.
Academic achievement is pursued and celebrated but we believe that our girls must use their ability and potential to be useful in the world and contribute to the enhancement of our society.
We believe that the aspects of our programme and approach, as outlined below, are of value in building character.
The mentor groups provide a small group gathering where relationships can be formed across age groups and teachers can monitor the girls’ schedules and general well-being. This daily routine and familiarity should present a safe environment in which the girls can explore their experiences and personal development.
From Form III the girls have opportunities to lead in different ways with the fashion show as the first experience of developing autonomy and taking responsibility for a major event. The majority of girls have tested their leadership skills by the end of Form IV.
All involvement in co-curricular activities is of equal importance in the school and whether the girls serve the Community Affairs department, participate in the Performing Arts or play sport for an elite team, they need to feel valued for who they are as individuals and affirmed for their abilities and talent.
Competition excites and encourages adolescents but it also helps them develop and appreciate the virtue of perseverance. The girls learn to deal with failure through competition and the ability to bounce back enhances their confidence and self-belief.
Head of School