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A Little Life Lesson


21 August 2020

A Little Life Lesson

A Little Life Lesson

William of Wykeham (1320 or 1324 – 27 September 1404) was Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England. He founded New College, Oxford, and New College School in 1379, and founded Winchester College in 1382. His personal motto and the one he bestowed on these schools was, 'Manners Makyth Man'

I opened my email last night and was met with a beautiful thank you note from a Year 7 student who wanted to acknowledge what a fun day she had at the Petting Zoo we had on campus for our Year 12 and Year 7 students. It was not just a thank you; it included detail about her experience and a picture capturing the day. 

In Wykeham’s view manners are more than the “May I… please… thank you.” They are the essence of good character. We spend a lot of time at Scotch working with students to consider their actions and behaviours. I call it holding up the mirror. My role is not to judge but to challenge. To help students to see the opportunity to be better. Importantly, they need to do it for themselves, not because someone told them what to do. We rely on students being of good character and giving their best because in our community DNA we value an honest effort. We know that we won’t always get it right, but we also know we have a choice to learn and grow. 

Next week I am working with the Heads of House and other key staff to spend time with Year 11 on Impact Week. During this program students will be preparing for their leadership of the College as the Class of 2021, but the focus will not be on leadership. It will instead be on the theme of contribution.

There are three key questions we will pose, think about, work on and develop a response to during the program:

  1. What can you do to grow yourself into the person you want to be as you leave Scotch?
  2. What can you do to ensure others are able to feel valued and supported in their journey during your final year?
  3. What will your contribution be to our College and the village that has nurtured and worked with you during your time here? 

It is programs and moments like these that make the Scotch difference. We opt to disrupt the class program so that our learning is not bound to subjects and assessments. We choose to nurture and grow people. We work on our character together and individually because we know that our manner will always shape our understanding of self, our friends and our College. This is a revamped week of engagement, connection and challenges. I can’t wait to work with this fabulous group of students, providing them time and space to grow their agency and belonging.

Wykeham, a great supporter of educational endeavour knew that education was always more than the subject. It is about the person. In New Zealand there is an age-old Maori saying, “He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata,” which translates as, “what is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people.

In an updated version of Wykeham’s motto let us consider that we must never lose sight of the maxim, “manners make the person.”

Last Sunday Sounds of Scotch: Choral was our first public event with over 80 students performing, 225 audience members and 300 viewers on the live stream. It was a wonderful celebration of our vocalists and various groups of singers. The standard was exceptional. I personally loved the Mitcham Campus Choir, Scotch Six and Soul Collective. The ability to produce such a beautiful blend of tones is a credit to the students and their teachers. Congratulations to all involved.

From the beginning of September, we will be presenting in the Chapel: Sounds of Scotch: Bands, Year 12 Drama plays, the Dance Showcase ‘Echo’, Year 11 plays and Year 12 Cabaret. 

This is a busy schedule and we are hoping that COVID restrictions will allow audiences to safely attend but, in addition, we have invested in Live streaming technology so that we can share all our performances with our College and broader community via the Scotch College YouTube Channel.

Here’s to another great weekend of sport and rehearsals!