“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.’”
– Winston Churchill
School spirit is an essential element of our school community going well beyond just showing support for our school. Recent studies have shown that students with a high level of school spirit perform better academically, are more socially and civically engaged, and are happier in general than their less spirited peers. In fact, 92% of school principals believe that high school spirit is tied to high student achievement.
At AISM, we are fortunate to have a school community that is brimming with school spirit, evident every day at our school in so many different ways.
Of the many examples that come to mind, our International Day is one: it was so wonderful last year to be part of a day that celebrated the diversity of our community while simultaneously cementing the Australian values that we have in common.
Another example of our school spirit in action is our Team Building Day, which we look forward to on the final day of Term 1. This day is an amazing opportunity for our students from the Junior, Middle and Senior School to come together in vertical groups to build connection and team spirit. This year, our student leaders themselves will be partly responsible for designing the shape of the day and the activities that will take place, which will undoubtedly boost the level of school spirit to even greater heights!
Just yesterday, I was once again wowed by the powerful sense of school spirit at our Middle and Senior School swimming carnival. The house spirit demonstrated by our students from Rafter, Savage, Freeman and Thorpe was truly magnificent to behold. When they performed their house chants, you could practically feel the ground vibrating underfoot. During the course of the day, it was so wonderful to witness the way in which they supported, encouraged and cheered for one another.
Research indicates that students with a great deal of school spirit are also more confident, more likely to be leaders, happier, more active in their communities and more fulfilled. These are all excellent reasons to continue nurturing the wonderful culture of school spirit which is the beating heart of AISM.
I am proud of the strong school spirit that exists within our community. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff and parents. Let us continue to foster this spirit of community, inclusivity and excellence, and ensure that AISM continues to be a place where all members of our community can thrive.
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