Always Believe That You Can Achieve

This was the subject of the assembly I gave during my first week at Minsthorpe. It is the student motto and I want students to live their lives by these words. As a psychology teacher I know that intelligence is expandable, not fixed, and that achievement is the product of hard work. The key to expandable intelligence lies far more in self-belief than it does in any ideas about ability.

At Minsthorpe we believe that putting the effort into learning is a win-win situation- students’ make real progress and strengthen their intelligence as a result. This school is going places and we want every young person here to have a ‘can do’ attitude, an attitude that does not fear failure but that learns from it. As parents you have a part to play in this by giving your children a gift and that is to encourage them to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning.

Ray Henshaw