I’ve got a perfect body, though sometimes I forget
I’ve got a perfect body ’cause my eyelashes catch my sweat
Yes, they do, they do
– Regina Spektor, Folding Chair
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
– Psalm 139:14
It is a privilege to be involved in education. School leadership combines my three great loves – God, education and people. It has been a rare privilege to combine these elements of my passion at the heart of my vocation. I am a people person and education remains a deeply human pursuit. Because of this, relationships matter, and trust is a key currency. Parents have entrusted us with their precious children. As our students, they trust us to work for their development and growth, desiring that we be consistent and kind, and that we care enough to challenge them and work with them even when it might not be their first instinct. We recognise our students as people made in the image of God, fearfully and wonderfully made, people growing into who they are and who they will become.
Sometimes we think of ourselves more highly than we ought, and need to take a more measured approach to self-assessment. At other times, we can be incredibly harsh on ourselves, imagining that we are far worse than is the case. It is difficult to avoid these states, but as adults we have the opportunity to manage and model doing so. And as we do, it is good to remember the words of Regina Spektor and Psalm 139.