Sharing our Light

February 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“From a small spark may burst a flame.” – Dante Alighieri

This weeks post starts last Sunday. It was the end of the My Journey. My Potential. Reconnection Weekend Program that I was facilitating with SCARF Youth (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families), and one of the members of the group chose the photo above in our final reflection. We were making connections to the themes, insights and learning that came from the various experiences throughout the few days away and Monique shared something that really resonated throughout the whole group. She commented that the photo above reminded her that when we share our light we may not know or ever realise what impact we have on others.

Jump ahead to yesterday, it’s Friday and I’m facilitating our L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program at a Primary School in the Northern Illawarra area. This client I have been supporting the learning and leadership journey of their students over the past couple of years and love reconnecting with the students and staff at the school. When I arrived I was speaking to the Assistant Principal who was getting me settled into the space we would be using and he said he wanted to pass on some feedback they were given by the Principal of the High School where most of their students transition to.

The High School Principal had visited the school at the beginning of the new year to share how over the past two years she had noticed how the students coming from this Primary School were willing to identify themselves as leaders and were seeking leadership opportunities. It had been a noticeable change that had occurred and was different to the way that the other feeder schools students were transitioning into the High School environment. She didn’t know why this was happening but wanted to pass this information onto the teachers at the school. She was excited to hear about how the school had made space for Explore Discover Act to support the Stage 3 cohort and the students enthusiasm for participating in the program and learning about leadership.

Like school communities, we believe strongly in the potential of each of the students in their care. We understand the amazing commitment teachers have for the welfare and educational opportunities offered to their students as they progress through their school years. Education is a complex and interdependent journey, with many important pieces of a puzzle supporting students, staff and school communities to achieve the best outcomes for each individual. It is a privilege to assist schools in preparing  21st Century learners through our engaging, challenging and inspiring programs and ongoing communication with students and staff. We are so grateful for the shared journey we walk with the schools we support.

I finished yesterday’s program talking about the purpose of leadership with the Stage 3 students. They so confidently acknowledged that they will not always get it right as they navigate the successes and challenges along the way but the goal is to make a difference in our own and others lives. Now it’s time to let our light shine as our individual and shared journeys of potential continue, lived through our daily thoughts, words and actions, with each of us able to choose ‘leadership as action, not position’.

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” -Edith Wharton

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