Literacy:- The Girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Numeracy:- Year 11 maths intervention
‘Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.’ Mary Kay Ash
We are almost at half term and the exam season is well underway. Our Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students are constantly thinking of their next exam and the best way to prepare for these at the end of their 5 or 7 years of study. They are also thinking about their next stage. About how this will change them, what will be new, the new opportunities, doors opening, doors closing.
I had the privilege of visiting the rooftops of Lincoln Cathedral this week after a Governors’ meeting. Our fabulous guide showed us around parts of the cathedral which many don’t get to see. We learned of people, times, conflicts and victories over the centuries and were given an insight into the efforts and skills of the people who built and rebuilt the cathedral. It was absolutely fascinating.
We also discussed the different people over the centuries and the legacy these people have left. The gift of their skills and creativity. The gift of their resilience and determination. The gift of their passion and grit.
I then started to think about our school and its history, about the buildings and the scholars, about the students and what they have gone on to achieve over the centuries and about the legacy of excellence they have left for us to follow.
So what about here and now? What about us? What do you want to be remembered for? What mark will you leave on LCHS? In the years to come, will we be talking of your learning journey, your growing journey, your career journey? Will we be talking about a person with exceptional character? Or the person who went on to be a doctor, historian, linguist, solicitor, teacher, prime minister, missionary, vet, business owner, counsellor, politician? Will we be talking about the person who has left a legacy of being a good person – always thinking of their friends, making their community proud, raising money for charity, being an expert learner?
The archives of our school are spectacular – what will our archives remember about you and your time with us? As the quote above recommends – don’t limit yourself!