Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays and enjoyed relaxing with friends and family.
The new year brings lots of new resolutions and a chance for us to make a fresh start. Today’s assembly was all about finding solutions to problems and setting goals for each of us to achieve. Some children have already told me that they are going to make sure they make an extra effort in lessons (especially writing!) and some have already said they want to work on making sure they get their behaviour right every time. I am very impressed that these children have already chosen what they want to do and have begun to identify ways forward.
In our assembly story, we learnt how you need to see what the setting or situation is, identify a goal, think of what can go wrong (obstacles) and make a plan to enable you to achieve your goal. This can be applied to any situation, from completing homework to improving behaviour, from being a good friend to stopping bullying. Children were very quick to think of solutions to the problems in the story and some were quick to be able to apply the process to other problems. Try it – it may help! There are 4 steps: Setting, Goal, Obstacles, Plan…
One goal that we are setting for our school is to make sure that as many children as possible do as well as they possibly can. In the last newsletter (written by children), you read the interview with David Lammy where he explained that people always said to him, ‘You can’t do that’ and he thought to himself, ‘I will show them, I WILL do it’. He identified his goals, looked at what might go wrong and made a very successful plan to achieve his dreams.
Each of us now needs to take some of his exceptional attitude and make
it our own. Decide what it is you want to achieve; going to university,
having a job you enjoy or being supportive of your friends and family. If you are determined to succeed, you will find that you are likely to do well…
One saying that I like is ‘Shoot for the moon; if you miss, you might land among the stars’. Can you think about what this saying might be telling you and write a comment please? Or you could tell me what your ambitions are and what goals you have set yourself. Whatever it is, good luck!
My goal? I have got to get back to writing my essay as part of my goal to complete some learning I am doing about how to be a better headteacher! You see, we never stop learning and we all have to keep trying hard to achieve our goals!