The answer is, quite simply, because I care.
My educational journey as a pupil myself holds very fond memories of teachers who cared, but it is also scarred by memories of the few teachers I encountered along the way who perhaps did not show the humility that teachers should demonstrate!
I will turn the ‘I’ of this blog into ‘we’….because teaching is not a profession that one enters into with ‘I’ in mind. Working with young people is a joint venture and no one person should attempt to adopt that ‘I’ mindset. As we all know, there is no ‘I’ in TEAM! The African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, sums up my sentiments on the education we are providing for your children: the entire community, home and school, need to contribute to the rearing of a child to enable them to contribute to and live as part of our modern day society. This takes trust and collaboration from everyone involved.
‘We’, the team at St. Helen’s College, care passionately about the education of your loved ones and you as parents have recognised this in the school and have chosen us over other schools which you have had the opportunity to choose. We strive constantly to prove ourselves worthy of that trust by showing the same level of care for your children as you have shown by choosing us in the first place!
Prospective parents often ask me when I am showing them around the school what makes St. Helen’s College unique and it is a question that I love to answer, having had so many years working in a wide range of schools. St. Helen’s College really does do what it says on the tin! The family ethos and values which underpin the school are so strong and your children should feel that they are part of an extended family where they are free to express themselves and learn in a supportive, challenging and exciting environment.
After 27 years as a teacher, I am now a Head, leading an incredibly dedicated team to ensure that your children are given the best we can possibly give them to prepare them for their unknown future. That is an exciting as well as daunting responsibility as none of know what lies ahead for the younger generation.
But be assured…we care! We put the children first, at the centre of everything we do and the decisions we make – your children are at the core…because WE care!