School and adolescence are a special time in a person’s life. It is a formative stage where we have many experiences that shape the person who we become as adults. Part of this journey relies on our own ability to engage with the opportunities that are given to us, to face challenges that we fear, to celebrate success, and learn from our failures. So much of who we become is shaped by our own choices.
However, we are also significantly shaped by the people around us. The actions, words and behaviour of others often influences the way we perceive ourselves, others and the world around us. The actions of others can bring us joy, support us through challenge, and help us achieve beyond the limits of our perceived capability. This places a great deal of responsibility for every individual at Garnsey, to treat others with kindness and respect, so that we can become the best versions of ourselves. By simply changing the way we speak and act toward others, we have the power to make someone else’s life better.
To continue nurturing a culture of kindness, respect and inclusivity at Garnsey, I would like to encourage all of our community members to engage in regular conversations around respect and respectful relationships. These conversations do not just need to be between a teacher and student. They can be between a parent and child, siblings and family members, teammates, peers and friends. If we continue these conversations, and all become conscious of the influence and impact we have on others, we can make Garnsey a place where all students can thrive.