"Building a community that inspires curious, creative and innovative thinkers.” These are fancy words but what do they really mean?
In the first weeks of the school year, two of our Year 6 children persistently visited the Office during lunch time. “Have you got any jobs for us to do?” “Can we help you?” “Can we organise something fun to do at lunch time?”
They were given a clipboard and a pencil and prompted to go and find out what kids want to do at lunchtime. After a couple of days, they returned with a list of activities that could be organised for all R-7 children. They’d tallied votes and identified that a dancefest would be a good idea. Now, six months later, there is a student-driven disco every Thursday lunchtime. About 150 children join in each day, smiling as they interact and even challenge each other in their movement. Every week, the 11 year old founder of the lunchtime disco has her playlist of approved songs, a blank sheet for song requests and the equipment ready to go. She is reflective each week about how the disco can be improved, how she can ensure that all of the children are encouraging each other and how to solve problems when competitiveness begins to erode the positive vibe.
Children are born curious, and our job at St Leonards is to create conditions for that curiosity to flourish within the nurturing environment of positive relationships to make the world a better place.
Dave Henty-Smith, Principal
Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal
Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator