Executive Principal’s Blog – 24.4.20: ‘The simple things in life are the greatest gifts.’
These words have been attributed to one of the world’s top social media influencers reaching a billion people a year; listed in Inc. Magazine as one of “the greatest leaders, writers and thinkers of all time” he certainly sounds like someone worth listening to!
His name is Bryant McGill and he is a human potential thought leader, international bestselling author and social entrepreneur. His prolific writings have been published in thousands of books and publications and he is the co-founder of the McGill Peace Prize Foundation and Charitable Trust, the Royal Society, and Simple Reminders. He describes his personal quest to prove that life is still beautiful, and that all people have the power to have a better life and world – even now!
The words ‘even now’ seem to have greater poignancy at this present time, but what is so encouraging is that so many students, staff, families and other stakeholders within our school community are living out this saying – doing simple things to provide great gifts to people around them.
One of our governors emailed me this week offering to assist with our provision of free school meals and free school meal vouchers for our students.
Our group of key worker students attending school, ably assisted by SENDCo Mrs Dillon and Learning Support Coordinator Miss Burton, worked hard on Wednesday of this week to sort out our school’s supply of PPE used in BASE and ensure that it was donated to our local heroes at Watford General Hospital, and the superb video produced by Thomas in 7 Willow shows this simple great gift having such an impact. Do click on this link to see them in action.
At the heart of our school community are our core values or 3Rs of Respect, Responsibility and Relationships, powerfully underpinned by our mantra ‘Our School Has a Mind to Be Kind’ and what is so encouraging is that they are not just words, but they truly are an embedded lifestyle that is creating a powerful ethos and culture across our school community, however separated it might be at this time.
This was clearly recognised by Sam Rutter’s (mother of BMS students Matthew, Ben and Chloe) email message to me, highlighted in this week’s newsletter, recognising the way so many staff, students and parents joined in with her recent GoFundMe charity fundraising initiative. Do have a read!
As a school community we recognise that things are challenging at present and do want to thank all students and parents and carers for their efforts in trying to complete the work that is being set, balancing this with maintaining those all important family values and positive relationships which must always come first.
With our school community in mind, a number of key staff have wanted to send you a message reminding us of the strength of our unique BMS family. Make sure you click on the link below and enjoy seeing and hearing from them all on behalf of all the staff at the school.
Finally our Kindness Thought of the Week this week, circulated as usual to all stakeholders by Deputy Headteacher Mrs Ash, is “Kindness is helping the world, one person at a time.” It completely aligns with the theme of this week’s EP’s Blog and is epitomised by such greats as Dr Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi who stated that the only hope of transforming the world is for each of us to become the change we wish to see in the world.
We can all help to show each other the way, alongside those such as Bryant McGill, so let’s continue to encourage each other to consider even more kind ways in which we can strengthen our relationships and treat our world.
Once again I wish you all a very happy weekend, do click on the link to read our latest BMS News.