Rudyard Kipling’s iconic poem ‘If’ provided the ending to a thought-provoking assembly delivered by humanities teacher Mr Bidwell. The assembly, aimed at getting students to look at their workloads, priorities and attitude to work and life, drew many favourable comments from students and staff.
Mr Bidwell told students of the amount of ‘unseen’ work that goes into constructing and delivering the curriculum and reminded them that ultimately their destiny was theirs to decide:
‘For 15 minutes during assembly you are an ambassador for your subject and I started by saying that I love geography and humanities. We have gone through some massive changes in geography in particular. We have introduced Key Stage 3 tests, changed exam board and got new controlled assessments and I think that a lot of students don’t realise the amount of work that teachers go to.
'The title of the assembly was “Losing Your Head” and I talked about ways of not losing your head and trying to improve the world around you. Basically the message was to do some work and make people realise that their attitude has longer-term consequences and that each choice we make may have far-reaching results in the future.’