Thomas Jefferson once said, “I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man” and Nelson Mandela echoed these sentiments when he famously asserted that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Of course, academic success is important. We are preparing our young people to enter a truly global marketplace where competition is fierce and we must do all that we can to ensure they have the best chance of succeeding in this context. I am delighted that Coral Junior Schoolat this time our academic performance is on such a strong upward trend.
Education is about far more than mere examination success: it is about embedding values, developing skills and shaping character. What is more, the best universities and employers know this. As adults we know that in many of our careers our intellectual capacity is rarely tested. However, we also know that those who are resilient, resourceful and reflective, who are confident, committed and conscientious, those who have strong interpersonal skills and can relate well to others and work well in a team, are those who tend to succeed. These are the kinds of qualities and attributes that we seek to develop in our young people. We take our mission to “educate today’s children for tomorrow’s world” seriously. But we aspire for our graduates to not only be ready to enter tomorrow’s world, but for them to be prepared to shape it, change it and lead it.
In conclusion, I truly believe that an education in a good school offers children a unique experience that they will continue to feel the benefit of throughout their journey in life. I believe Coral Junior School is such a school and trust that those of you who are reading this to find out whether we might be a suitable school for your child will take the opportunity to come in and meet me in person and see us for yourselves.