Liam King, Principal
Today we celebrated International Day, which has always been a feature event on the AISM Calendar. This year we were determined to ensure we did something special so we chose to align our day with the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.
The motto for the Olympic Games is made up of three Latin words, Citius, Altius, Fortius, which when translated to English these words mean Faster - Higher - Stronger.
It was the Dominican priest Henri Didon who first expressed the words in the opening ceremony of a school sports event in 1881. Pierre de Coubertin, who was present that day, adopted them as the Olympic motto. It expresses the aspirations of the Olympic Movement not only in its athletic and technical sense but also from a moral and educational perspective.
When I think about the Olympic games, I admire how athletes challenge themselves to be the best they can be as they strive against the best athletes in the world. While having a disciplined and strict training routine, they are surrounded by coaches and families who help them aspire to reaching their dreams.
If we compare this to education, the pursuit of excellence is similar and is measured in a similar way which is through personal growth. Just like the Olympic athletes who have competitions leading up to the final event, in school we have formal and informal assessments, aligned with growth feedback, that lead to a final outcome or grade. Students are supported by teachers (coaches) and families who work alongside them to fulfill their educational aspirations.
Our community seeks to develop lifelong learners who:
Explore, Extend and Excel
Exhibit passion for academic and personal success
Demonstrate positive global citizenship and leadership
Therefore the combination of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games was a fitting way to not only celebrate International Day at AISM but was also an opportunity to remind us of our theme for the year, which is ‘Better Together’. Our students, just like the athletes in the Olympics that will compete over the next fortnight to achieve their goals, are more likely to achieve their educational aspirations when they are well nurtured by a strong community just like they are at AISM.
That is why it is my privilege to thank the students, staff and parents who participated in today’s celebrations by making International Day such a special occasion and to remind us what a great, interconnected community we belong to.
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