I hope you and your children have enjoyed the first couple of weeks of this term. I mentioned last week that this term is often synonymous with exams in a secondary school. Exams are of course incredibly important, however, the Alice Smith experience is so much more. Over the next few weeks Gavin Lazaro (Vice Principal) and Alison Talbot (Enrichment Leader) will be writing a series of feature articles to share with you the incredible enrichment opportunities that are available at Alice Smith. This week’s article is just an introduction and I know you will be interested to read more.
Principal Secondary Campus
Enriching the Lives of Our Secondary Students
According to the online Cambridge Dictionary, to enrich means to improve the quality of something by adding something else. But what exactly does this mean in a school context?
Some would argue that school is all about examination results and giving students the best possible opportunity to get outstanding grades for university, and in many ways I agree that this is a great start to life beyond school. But learning goes way beyond subjects and grades. My own experience of being a student in school gave me very limited opportunities for enrichment, and, as a result, I am regularly amazed at the choices my own children have beyond the safe and rigid confines of the classroom. At EP, we feel that enrichment “gives all students and staff the opportunity to actively engage in a diverse range of activities beyond the curriculum, to allow for the discovery and nurture of talents and character, and to promote a lifelong commitment to self-directed holistic development and learning”.
Enrichment is an integral part of what we do at Alice Smith, and it can take a variety of guises. The most obvious example of enrichment lies in the huge range of extra-curricular activities that we offer, from knitting to caring for the environment. Students can also take part in the Model United Nations (MUN) if they are keen to extend their public speaking skills; they can nurture their skills on the basketball court if they have a love of sports; they can participate in a school production if they have a penchant for the performing arts; they can…. the list goes on.
What is it that is so special about enrichment? For me, it is the opportunity to excel in something about which you feel passionate. It may develop your ability to work constructively with others, it may encourage you to become a better leader, or offer the chance to improve your talent for problem-solving. This list, too, is almost endless and therein lies the purpose of enrichment from my perspective. It offers anyone the chance to become better in anything.
And it shouldn’t stop with students! Do you do something enriching in your life? Have you considered taking up an art class? Or starting to play that saxophone that you bought 6 years ago with all good intentions? Or maybe you could spend some time supporting others with Cub Scouts? Or training with a local sports club? Even better, wouldn’t it be fabulous for you to share some quality time with your son or daughter working together on something enriching like a hike in the jungle?
Over the next few weeks, our Enrichment Leader, Ali Talbot, will be sharing details of specific examples of enrichment opportunities that we offer students at EP.
We are incredibly proud of what we offer students and will continue to strive to provide the very best for them all.
Vice Principal (Our Students)
Click here for this week's full issue - 5th May 2017