Have you ever read these? What about those of other schools?
As I travel around to different schools, it’s surprisingly helpful to read these lofty words and statements to get a sense of the school’s character.
Respect, learn and achieve
Honour the work
To know, to do, to live, to be
Harmony and success
Add to these, words like ‘innovation’, ‘excellence’ and ‘growing’ and you have the words that many schools use to describe themselves. They’re all good words — focused, positive and inspiring — but after a while I have to admit they all start to sound a bit the same.
It was a bit of a surprise, then, to come across a word like ‘audacity’.
Did I read it right? Doesn’t that mean rude? Part of the larger mission statement of the Lavalla Catholic College in Traralgon, Victoria, reads
"With audacity and hope we learn and grow…"
Audacity and hope. There’s something strangely appealing about that.
Audacity and hope. It’s not about arrogance or rudeness, but a strength of resolve and boldness. And hope; a hope that gives that audacious confidence some direction.
Yes. Audacity. The willingness to take bold risks. There should be more of it.
Lavalla College; I salute you, and I thank you for using such a unique and inspiring word.
Do the guiding statements of YOUR school inspire you?