One of our deliberate goals has been to see the sporting achievements of the girls improve. The recent victory of the Junior School girls at Cross Country would certainly fit the idea that in one area, at least, this was a goal achieved. To win every division…remarkable! Yet, it was also exciting to get a text on Friday night about the victory of the Senior Soccer team. They won. This has not been their experience for many years. Yet, the girls involved clearly love the sport. They have been showing signs of developing skills. There have been more competitive matches and on Friday this resulted in a very creditable win. Pride can come in many forms. It can be equally pleasurable whether it is a victory of great note or a smaller moment. The common ingredient is that those involved have done their best and they have competed with dignity. All need to experience the times of victory so that the process and the connections within the team can feel fulfilled. The results on Friday in the secondary QGSSSA showed wins in most Basketball and Touch games. There is some excitement in the air as a consequence! In recent Middle and Senior School Assemblies, we have featured some of the sports that are commonly not seen by many students. We have recently enjoyed presentations on equestrian and gymnastics. The dedication (and skill) of those involved shone in these presentations. The girls involved deserve to feel great pride in what they are achieving.
Schools are full of endless examples of personal triumphs and group achievements. Many go unnoticed or receive only small acknowledgement. This is not planned; it is just the reality of having so much happen around us. Some personal goals are kept quiet simply because they are part of natural needs for privacy. Yet, some achievements deserve a place in the sun. I periodically request help from those with cameras or information about achievements to let us know what has been attained. There is plenty of interest in sharing these moments and friends are often the secret to helping us create a shared moment.
This is a week I look forward to every year; House Plays in the secondary part of the School. These are always fun productions. The plays are often light, occasionally profound, but always entertaining. They are student creations (acted and guided by the girls) and as such they can have an energy that is refined by youth more than the subtle wisdom of age. They are always fun and always keenly contested between the Houses. This week’s video is a chance to meet the directors. Watch out Cannes!