Good morning school,
Welcome back. I hope you have all had a restful holiday and time to recuperate and prepare for the new academic year. And if it hasn’t felt all that relaxing, welcome back anyway- we’ll be okay.
I’ve been asked to speak about myself so that you all can get to know me a little. And instead of boring you with the details of my rather uneventful life, I’ll tell you about the two essential themes which have characterized my life experiences up to this point. One of them is the power of service and the other; passion for justice.
I’ve grown up in a family in which the philosophy of servant leadership has been exercised. My mother in particular, has shown the infinite power of leading by serving. I’ve learnt that our desire to lead should never be driven by greed but rather by selflessness and humility. It’s is so much better to be a leader who denies their ego, sacrifices their time and gets their hands dirty than to lead in any other way. That’s something we can all incorporate into our lives at Rustenburg Girls’ High School, seeing that were all leaders in some way.
Naturally, this leads into my passion for justice which I developed very early on in my life. My father taught me to recognize the flaws in society and to retain the idealism that I would need to be able to implement change. We are often accustomed to recognizing the imperfections in everything- our friendship circles, schools and societies- without acknowledging the fact that we can make change. So I want you to be encouraged with that fact. You can bring growth, change and development where it’s needed. Whether that means personal growth, change in school or even societal shifts is up to you. Change doesn’t have to come from the top down.
Now, as we enter the year remember to recognize and unleash the power and potential within you. Treat others with dignity and respect. Be kind to yourself. And remember the words of Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves: who am I to be brilliant, talented, fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? As we are liberated from our on fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Thanks and have a good day.