At Grimwade House, leadership and the joy of learning go hand in hand. Girls and boys have many opportunities - from visible leadership positions like School Captain, House Captain, sports teams, music and class captains to the less obvious personal leadership of 'self'.
We believe leadership is fundamental to how our children approach their daily routines. This means they are encouraged to be independent thinkers, to be socially aware, to take responsibility for themselves and others and to 'have a go', preparing them for all that life will bring.
Every activity involving groups of students requires some to act as leaders and to take on responsibilities. Class captains from Years 2 to 6 form the Junior Council and these girls and boys meet regularly to talk about and advise on the values and ethos of the School. Children are given strategies and encouragement to be brave and to take acceptable risks. Year 6 students lead play activities at lunch times for the junior grades.
At all Year levels, students lead the way in major fundraising events by taking responsibility for the organisation of the activities and who it will benefit. Recent projects include the Year 5 Community Action Research project, building of possum boxes for the RSPCA, making teaching resources for a school in Nepal and assisting schools in Tsunami affected areas.
Students discover the joy of learning and the sheer fun of working and playing together. What a thrill to see them try out for choirs, become characters in plays, run a cross country race or make new friendships in the playground.
A smiling face is a good indication of a student who is comfortable, supported and engaged. There are smiles all around at Grimwade House.