What you do affects the whole world
Today we welcome the beginning of Black History month.
What will this month mean to you?
What will you celebrate?
What will you learn about Black Culture and History?
This month we must remind ourselves of the journey we began during lockdown with the Black Lives Matter Movement, we must reflect on learnings to date, we must further educate ourselves and continue to tackle institutionalised racism. At Denmark Road High School we will continue to move forwards with our inclusivity curriculum.
Values are the bedrock of being. For humans and for organisations. If we always act in accordance with our values we become better people, we become better organisations.
You may not be aware, but Denmark Road High School, the current vision, was built in part from a South African value.
On January 2nd 2018 I became headteacher of the High School for Girls. I launched a 90 day consultation to develop the School Vision. I shared the value of ‘Ubuntu’ with staff and trustees and using this as a guiding principle we began to build our new, shared vision. To reinvent our school.
Ubuntu is beautifully explained by Desmond Tutu:
“You can’t be human all by yourself,
and when you have this quality – ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.
We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals,
separated from one another,
whereas you are connected and
what you do affects the whole world.”
So upon the South African value of Ubuntu; Denmark Road High School was born.
As an organisation we accept this value and embody it.
We recognise our own value, but equally we recognise that ‘I am, because you are’, that we are all connected and that one can only grow and progress through the growth and progression of others.
Each one of us acts with generosity of heart. We recognise that every single thing we do, good or bad, has an effect on our family, friends and society. This makes us reflect on decisions as we are mindful of the impact not just to self but to others. We welcome collaboration and partnership for we know that through these we become better as people, as a community, for the community.
At Denmark Road High School what we do affects the whole world.