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Find Your Voice

Caption:  Pasha and his sister Farrah are among the many students at Roycemore that are finding their voice.

 

“When you engage in work…that taps your talent and fuels your passion–that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet–therein lies your voice, your soul’s code.”  – Stephen Covey

One of the special aspects of Roycemore being a PK-12th grade school is the unique privilege to guide and mentor young people as they learn and grow over many years.  It is especially thrilling to witness them finding their voice, which is a key aspect of Roycemore’s mission. 

Roycemore teaches the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to our students as early as Kindergarten to help them gain important life and leadership skills from a young age.  Steven Covey published a follow on book to the Seven Habits, called The 8th Habit:  From Effectiveness to Greatness.  The 8th Habit focuses on finding your voice and inspiring others to find theirs.  Covey argues that all great achievers have “expressed,” or found, their voice through a combination of vision, discipline, passion and conscience.  Vision involves being open to possibility and potential.  Discipline is demonstrating a commitment to work towards one’s goals or dreams.  Passion relates to a sense of purpose and conviction.  And conscience is “the guiding force to vision, discipline and passion,” according to Covey.  It is a “drive toward meaning and contribution.”

The curricula and student experience at Roycemore is thoughtfully designed to support the opportunity for students to find their voice.  The Portrait of a Graduate’s focus on scholarship, citizenship and emotional intelligence aligns to support student growth in vision, discipline, passion and conscience.  Whether in early childhood or upper school, there are distinct ways that we support students to find their voice.

A signature program in the middle school, Personal Passion Projects (or P3), provides each middle school student the opportunity to experience the joy of self-directed learning and growth.  Students apply the Design Thinking problem solving approach to an issue they want to make better.  This year, one 8th grader chose a passion project about not only finding her own voice, but also helping classmates find theirs. Sammy has started a podcast called Kids These Days. In each episode, a young person is interviewed about their passions. The podcast aims to help kids “tell the world about something they are passionate about.”  Sammy has also created a website where she explains further:

We created Kids These Days so kids could get a chance to speak their mind. Kids often get overlooked and don’t get to express how they feel about big subjects. That’s where Kids These Days comes in. We want to make EVERY kids voice heard.

While Sammy’s story is a singular example of a student that has leveraged the environment at Roycemore to find her voice, for 106 years our teachers have nurtured the innate talents and skills of young people to find their voice. The alumni page on our website features a number of “Griffin Greats” interviews with alumni who found their voice and have gone on to leverage their experience to make a difference in the world. 

In partnership for the education of your student,

Adrianne Finley Odell

Head of School