The wheel of life turns. As a teacher you celebrate the successes of those who have completed their time with you and you turn, almost immediately to those who have those challenges ahead.
This week I’ve spent time with those who have finished their education with us and been working with those young people who have those challenges on the immediate horizon.
When we say our goodbyes to those who have left it is always very special. It is always amazing to see how much those young people had changed in such a short period of time. It is truly lovely to see them as the young adults they now are. The overwhelming majority of our young people reveal how desperately polite they are and how keen to talk to staff about their educational journey. It is a pleasure to be in their presence.
And the wheel of life continues to turn. We continue to work with those young people still with us who are facing those very real challenges in the very near future. It never does not seem like 12 months between students going through those processes but here we are yet again with a whole host of young people preparing for the upcoming mock exams and then those summer exams which follow.
I know that many young people get this but it does surprise me every single year that some of the students sitting their exams seem to think that they know more about what is needed then we do. As I regularly point out, we do this every single year. We know what it takes to be a success. Some of our students do not actually recognise and remember that. If they did, and acted upon all the advice that we give them, they would be significantly more successful than they have been thus far.
However, when I look at our students I do see some hope. I reflect upon the young people we work with. Some of those didn’t get it this time last year. Some were a problem, some were terrifically challenging, some couldn’t be bothered. But through patience, tolerance and overwhelming professionalism the staff body were able to cajole and convince and, as a consequence, many many of those young people emerged as a great success, over the summer months, into and through their final exam results.
We will hold onto these thoughts as we work with our present students. They will continue to present us with a whole host of challenges. We hold on to the knowledge that we know what it takes for them to be a success. I know we continue to, patiently and professionally, work with them to convince them that we are right and we do know what we’re doing.
‘We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.’
‘Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.’ APJ Abdul Khan
I want to publicly thank all of the staff for that persistence, that patience, that persuasion and the overwhelmingly professional approach. They couldn’t do it without the staff. We wouldn’t be who we are without the staff.