Rising to the Challenge

I enjoy watching elite-level sport. Events like the Olympic Games, or the World Cup, are a wonderful celebration of humanity. Time and time again in these events, we see athletes scale great heights of human achievement. The stories behind their achievements, the adversities they had to overcome, the obstacles they encountered along the way, make many of their performances even more remarkable. It was the various challenges they faced that elevated their performance, and made their achievements worth savouring.

Challenge is a good thing. Challenge tests us. Challenge teaches us more about ourselves and others. Challenge takes us to our limits. Challenge helps us to grow. Challenge helps us to reach our potential. Challenge helps to become better students, better teachers, better parents, better people.

Kipling’s famous poem ‘If’ speaks strongly about the importance of challenge:

‘If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!’

At St Peters, we view challenge as a positive thing for our students. We want them to be challenged. I have said to our young people of several occasions that, in keeping with our College Motto, ‘Plus Ultra’, at St Peters we choose to pursue excellence not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Pursuing excellence in any aspect of life involves rising to the challenge.

On a daily basis, our staff witness the children and young people of St Peters rising to the challenges they are presented with. It could be in the classroom, or on the stage, or on the sports field. The College is proud of the way that our students do ‘rise to the challenge’. For our students, particularly our Senior students, there is one last challenge for the 2017 school year – final exams and assessment pieces. I wish all our students the best for these, confident in the knowledge that they will rise to the challenge and grow as a result of it.

Tim Kotzur, Head of College