“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” Peter Drucker
As advent begins and we begin the countdown to Christmas, it is an opportunity to allow ourselves to become excited in the anticipation of the joy of Christmas.
It is also a great opportunity to reflect on the year as it draws to a close.
Taking the time to reflect is always time well spent, whether it is on the big things that have happened in a year, or on a piece of work that we have just completed. This gives us the chance to improve what we have done and to learn from our successes and mistakes and to do better in the future.
This week myself and my team have been reflecting on our practise, with lesson observations taking place, appraisals happening and hosting visitors from the Shaw Trust, who we have invited in to provide an independent viewpoint. Although it can feel a bit daunting to be observed or tested, it is a hugely valuable exercise and the results are always really interesting.
This is the same for our students who are tested, their work evaluated and ultimately examined for their GCSEs and BTEC Diplomas.
Next week, students will be undertaking mock exams in preparation for the real things next year. This is the perfect opportunities to reflect on where gaps in knowledge are and plan to address them.
Next week we will be celebrating with last year’s Year 11 students at their GCSE Celebration Evening. I’m looking forward to giving out some special awards and finding out how students are getting on beyond their time at Manchester Health Academy.
Advent is also a time of thinking about others and being kind. We have just launched an appeal for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s One Big Toy project, raising funds to building a new sensory room that even the sickest of children can benefit from all year round. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a fantastic place that helps many of our students, not only as patients but as students too. If you would like to give a pound or two, you can donate on our JustGiving page here, through ParentPay if you are one of our parents/carers, or make a cash donation at our reception or student desk.
“There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius