This week we started with an assembly theme of 'Responsibility', exploring what this could mean for each of us. My own reflection is that I suspect that schools put too much emphasis on age being a factor on this front. Last week I gave out badges of office to House Leaders and School Prefects and I don't doubt that they will occasionally hear comments like 'I expect more from you, you're a House Captain!' when they find themselves falling short - as we all do from time to time.
We are so lucky to have the starts that we all have through being a part of this community and therefore, I really do want everyone to be even more aware of the results of our responsibility. I would love every member of this community, regardless of age or badges, to take greater responsibility for the following:
All too often I see blazers, water bottles, bags, sports kit, books etc left in the quad or out on fields and I suspect that parents have that moment over the weekend when we quiz our children on where is your blazer...etc etc?!? A solution in the Calvey household was to go to Billings & Edmonds with birthday money to replace said item - we only had to do this once and we found that it motivated a little more care and responsibility!
Our words & actions
More importantly, I hope that we will all take greater care and accountability with our words and actions and again, this is not reserved to our senior pupils. There have been many occasions when I have dropped into a dispute in the quad to be told very quickly 'but he did this...' or 'she said that' as the starting point. I am always so impressed with children who are able to start with 'Sorry sir, I was upset and I said something that I shouldn't have', rather than blaming someone else first.
I suspect that the greatest hurdle to taking responsibility is the perceived consequences of getting something wrong - therefore the easy option is try to avoid responsibility in the first place. We certainly live a 'blame culture' where everyone appears to start by searching for fault elsewhere before scrutinising our own actions. This theme is very much linked to last week as we look to form good habits in our lives.