Beyond the classroom

A strong community is built upon a strong sense of belonging. Students, families and staff belong to a community that is St Paul’s School, a community that has now existed for over 50years. Having a strong connection and sense of belonging serves to foster a strong school spirit, benefitting not only the individual student but everyone associated with the school.

The opportunity to create your own story at St Paul’s is made possible with the broad range of opportunities our community offers, not the least the extensive range of extra-curricular activities as well as global exchanges, international tours, adventure camps, leadership opportunities and community service.

The opportunities are ready for the taking, ready to become part of your journey, your story. All that is needed is for a person to take up the challenge, to push themselves beyond their current boundaries and see what is possible; ultimately it is the experiences that shape each of us.

Good learners also take responsible risks; they have courage. Some students hold back on activities, new learning, new experiences and new friendships because the fear of failure is far greater than their experience of adventure. They are reinforced by the small voice in their head that says, “If you don’t try it, you won’t be wrong” or “if you try it and you are wrong, you will look stupid”. Perhaps all us can relate to that in some small way and consequently have not taken a step that may have led to a whole new world of experience, a whole new realisation of what is possible.

To really challenge yourself to go to the next level you have to have courage, sometimes, lots of courage. You’re the one who places the limits on yourself. However, sometimes you might fail but that is OK.

“The only way to succeed is to be brave enough to risk failure” (Briggs, 1999)

The spirit of St Paul’s is an environment whereby students can discover their identity and their gifts and talents without a fear of failure.

Last modified on 18 August 2011 at 13:31