Ben Murdoch and Daphne Martinez made some stirring speeches at the final assemblies of the term. Their thoughts are shared below for further reflection:
I was in class the other day, listening to my friend Eman share his speech about “Winners and Losers”. There was a sentence he said that really hit my heart, he said: “There’s a difference between losing, and being a loser.”
No matter how many L’s (losses) you take in your life, the only thing that matters is what you do with those L’s. That’s the difference between you becoming a loser or a learner.
An example of being a loser is someone who puts others down so that they can seem higher. However, someone who takes an L and analyses it, who turns to themselves to think about how they are going to lift themselves and other people around them. That’s what’s losing is all about. Learning from your failures.
Take the image of an L being a loss, and instead, turn that image into a lesson. You are to grow and lift others around you. Apply this to your sport life, school life, social life, love life, life in general. We all have the freedom to make your own choices, positive choices, choose to learn, or choose to be a loser.
These people (Student Executive) on the stage today, you might see us as successful people, successful students, but we have faced different types of failures in our lives… Without our failures we wouldn’t be in the position we are in today. You all are the future – make your mistakes, learn and one day you can be up here, with your names on these walls, giving a speech at an exec assembly. It’s your choice.
– Daphne Martinez (Head Girl, 13CO)
As part of the executive, we got the opportunity to go to a leadership conference with various guest speakers. One of which was Jason Buckley, the national marketer for Hell’s pizza. Jason Buckley failed the equivalent of level 1 three times and was kicked out of school and home the very same day at age seventeen. His story is an inspiring one considering where he is now.
Jason Buckley is all about mindset. Your mindset dictates this year and all the years to come. Jason’s mindset was to be involved, to push himself, and to be himself. So be involved, be willing to fail, to lose, to learn, because the path to success is full of failure. What is stopping you from succeeding? Success is subjective, as important as they are success is not defined solely from grades and exams with ticks and crosses, but the person behind them.
To understand success you have to understand yourself. Everyone has the urge to be the best, so it is finding what you want to be the best at. What you want and why you want it. No matter what your ability, you have the ability to make choices. Don’t let your abilities define you, but the choices you make. So this year make the most of it, make good choices, surround yourself with good people, and get involved. You are here so why not?
– Ben Murdoch (Head Boy, 13WG)