One of my favorite quotes for students is when Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus says, “Take chances, make mistakes.” This is a quote that applies to so many aspects of growing up.
It is important to St. Paul’s that our students are well-rounded individuals. However, in order to be exposed to many different situations, it also means they must push themselves out of their comfort zones. Each year for Winter Fitness the Lower School picks one fitness activity to try. We are going ice skating this year. For some this is old hat and for others it is an opportunity to try something new.
Learning a new skill set like ice skating can be scary for some students. We are not looking for anyone to become the next Michelle Kwan or Wayne Gretzky. We are instead hoping they will “take chances, make mistakes” and learn the important skill of perseverance when things may be new or difficult, whether it’s a new sport, or the pursuit of a new concept in the classroom.