Having reached the end of a rather busy term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Parents, Friends and Staff for your continued support and wish you all a happy and safe Christmas break.
Reverend Ian Ghallagher welcomed us once again into St James’ church to bring the term to end. The church was packed with parents, governors and friends for our annual Carol Concert.
Time to Reflect
Our Voices Can And Will Be Heard
In October, I hosted my first #WomenEd event in North London. Together we made history and I want to share my story with you. I am pleased to announce that it was the first of many such events. There is more to throwing a successful event than setting everything up and executing a plan. All that coordination is for nothing if you don’t get people to attend and make sure they leave happy. In the words of Maya Angelou:
Our theme was #ValuesMatter magnifying equality and support for women in education. It was an opportunity to share our experiences, our vision and our values.
Cllr Christine Hamilton was our first key- note. She reminded us that that this year it is 100 years since the first women in the UK were granted the right to vote- something we owe to the Suffragettes.
She reminded us of the campaign, which saw women repeatedly fighting and risking, or in the case of Emily Davison, losing their lives for equality. This is one of the most powerful movements there’s ever been and today, their fight continues to inspire and inform people to strive against inequality. Movements such as ours #WomenEd.
“The best protection any woman can have…is courage.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
“Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand behind us, fight with us.” Christable Pankhurst.
Colleagues were given the opportunity to share their experiences. Sharing stories frees you and allows others to connect with you in a beautiful and authentic way. We heard from:
- Vicky Paver @VickyPaver Head of School Campus – “SEND? Values Still Matter”
- Alex Wilson @Alex_Wil64 “Try Before You Buy” Discussing her new secondment as a DHT
- Dani Lang @daniellalang Headteacher “Developing a Wellbeing across a School”
- Isabella Mora @mora_isabella ITE Programme Leader speaking about Unconditional Passion
- Yamina Bibi @msybibi Lead Practitionershared “The Impact of Coaching”
- Kathleen Cushnie @MissEduKayTion DHT presenting on how you should “Know Your Worth”
- Cigdem Alkan @CigdemAlkanAcar Borough SIP “Impacting Beyond One School”
- Pran Patel Assistant Principal @MrPatelsAwesome An outward Facing Leader
- Cressida Fitzsimons Teacher, Wellbeing Advocate “Self Talk” @KentBunsAndGuns
- Ben Statham @DHTEastfield DHT – A Values Led Curriculum
Every contributor impacted in quite a unique way, empowering others with their words, with their experiences. Empowering people, like other key characteristics of leadership, requires you to create a culture where people feel safe knowing that you will always be there to guide them, listen to them, share with them, and involve them in every step of the process they are asked to be a part of. If you’re committed to becoming a real leader, it’s crucial you add empowerment to your skill set…and this is exactly what happened quite naturally as the day progressed. When you empower people, you’re influencing not only them, but also all the people they will influence in turn through their leadership. That is empowering. That is helping others to succeed.
I will end with a final quote from the Suffragettes on the 100 year anniversary of women getting their vote:
A definitive timeline of how women in the UK got a vote, “men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”
As Cllr Christine Hamilton reminded us of the five words that said it all, “ Women’s rights are human rights.” So continue to speak up because our voices can and will be heard!
At Eastfield Primary School we inspire our pupils to have a voice so that they too can be heard. We not only inspire our pupils but we empower them to be the change we want to see in the world. So as we fondly look back at the successes and challenges of 2018, we also look forward to greater achievements and a renewed energy in 2019. May I wish you all a peaceful break filled with joy and laughter.