“Eating words has never given me indigestion.” Sir Winston Churchill
Humility is the theme this week. I am not sure if one could ever put Churchill into the humble bracket. Outspoken, bullish, driven, determined with a zest for life might be better. He was, undoubtedly a great leader during World War 2 and also an accomplished polo player, painter, writer and garden designer. His quotations are legendary but do any of them really show humility? Can a great leader be humble? Should a great leader be humble?
Clearly there is a need for humility from all of us and I am pleased to report that it is something I witness many examples of every day in the course of my interactions with students and staff. Holding the door open, carrying a tray for somebody, asking for advice and holding up one’s hands and saying “I was wrong” are simple gestures that can go a long way to brightening up someone’s day.
Our fundraising club has been focussing on MacMillan Nurses over the last few weeks, culminating in an excellent assembly on Monday and a fabulous (not to mention delicious) coffee morning this morning. The amount that we raised is just a drop in the ocean, but as somebody once said, “Every little helps.” The work done by the MacMillan Nurses is invaluable to so many patients and their families; the yearly coffee mornings are a great way of raising not only money, but also awareness.
As grown-ups, and I do use that term on purpose, is it important that we model the kind of behaviours that we want to see replicated. Having worked in independent schools for more years than I care to remember, I am glad to say that charity work has always been something that students have been very good at taking on board and running with. I believe that it is an important part of education-not only to raise money, but also to give of one’s time in support for charity. We are very privileged in our society-we have access to education, clean water, food, medical services, friends etc…and need to remember that a large percentage of the world’s population are not as fortunate. Whilst not claiming that we can solve the world’s problems, it is important to help in any way that we can, and make it part of our way of life.
Have a great weekend wherever you are and don’t forget to pop in and see us if you are in the area