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“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.”

-Unknown

“You can do it!  You’ve got this! That’s it!” I could hear the voices of Roycemore Middle School students calling out to their classmates as they ascended the rock wall or the pole to reach the zip line at Camp Henry Horner this past week.  Students were encouraging each other, supporting each other and cheering each other on. These were wonderful sounds to hear and gave me such pride in our students. They learned new ways to lead, especially encouraging their classmates who were a little more tentative to take risks, embrace their inner courage, and develop grit to try something they had never before attempted.  An offsite trip like this provides new opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership in ways that they may never have had a chance to do in the classroom. Students learned that part of leadership involves encouraging others to dig a little deeper, to join in, and to recognize what they already have inside themselves. 

While the middle school students return to their regular class schedule this week, they bring with them new friendships and leadership lessons that will carry into other aspects of their school experiences, and those outside our walls.  Our Lower School students have commenced “Leadership Week” this week and will learn important aspects of leadership through the Leader in Me Program which highlights leadership tasks even the youngest students can take on, such as being an upstander for their peers.

During Advisory in Upper School last week, students discussed one of the 7 Habits of Stephen Covey’s Leadership Themed book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”  The habit they focused on was, “seek first to understand and then to be understood.” They read a passage on small acts of kindness and shared their ideas about small acts of kindness that they were going to embrace as part of their daily routine. 

Throughout Roycemore, students are learning and living in an environment where leadership is embraced holistically, and kindness is held up as a cherished value.