‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world’ is a famous quote from Nelson Mandella. There are still over 50 million children in the world who don’t receive an education, which would shock the students in our schools as education in the UK is a basic entitlement for all children.
Children have the right to be taught well and have an education which will equip them to be able to compete in an ever changing world. This means that it is essential that as well as ensuring children are literate and numerate, that they should leave school with highly developed skills and attributes which will see them through their working life. These include resilience, perseverance, adaptability, team working and good communication skills.
Sport is one way we develop the whole child at Stockland Green School. Students have opportunities within the curriculum to develop their leadership skills and many go on to use these to support others. There are numerous examples of this, from students running Primary School sporting events, planning PE lessons for younger students, to officiating during our numerous House events.
Daniel Caines, former Indoor World Champion and Olympic finalist, recently visited us for the second time this year. During this visit he worked with our next GCSE PE cohort using the Sky Sports Living six keys to success which are; mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success. He was impressed with the students, while they were totally inspired by his story and journey to sporting success.
What the students learnt above all, is that with their right to an education comes their responsibility to take the opportunities put before them and ensure they are the very best that they can be. If they can do this, then, in the words of Daniel Caines, ‘They can achieve whatever their hearts desire’.