27 Jul Reward with Awards and Support for Success!
As the school year draws to a close, we find ourselves in the season of Sports Days, Prize Giving, Speech Ceremonies and general celebration of achievements that have taken place over the preceding twelve months. I have recently attended my daughter’s end of year Speech Day but also have fond memories of attending countless similar events for my son over the years. Despite my numerous years of attending these events, this has in no way dulled my reaction to them and I still feel emotionally moved by the obvious sense of pride and satisfaction that both pupils and staff show, evidently enjoying the fruits of their hard earned labours. There is just something so very special about witnessing the learner’s moment of recognition under the ‘spot light’.
We have recently enjoyed a similar event at JACE Training. Eleven of our teaching and assessing staff have completed a level 5 Diploma (Foundation Degree) in Education and Training and we held our own celebration ceremony to suitably mark this achievement by so many. The same sense of pride and achievement was just as palpable from these adults, as witnessed from 11 to 16 year olds at my daughter’s school, perhaps re-affirming that we are never too old to learn.
It occurred to me that this feeling of pride is not only enjoyed by the recipients of Awards and Certificates but also by those attending in support. For often, those in a supporting role bear the same level of sacrifice and endeavour and tend to endure the same range of emotions as those actually undertaking the challenge. It’s perhaps not surprising therefore that they should also enjoy similar feelings of satisfaction from the success attained. Certainly, as a parent of a teenager who has just completed her GCSE exams, I am very familiar with such feelings!
It should be mentioned that we were delighted to be joined at our awards ceremony by Jenny Sims, the principal of Sutton College, who led the delivery of the programme to JACE. In addition Chris Connors, founder of CoCo’s Foundation Charity, kindly handed- out the Awards. CoCo’s is a UK registered charity that supports orphans in South Africa through a variety of initiatives. Chris delivered a heart-warming presentation to us ahead of our ceremony, reminding us of the need to put things in perspective; the joy from giving to others; and the importance of education and its ability to liberate us from perceived barriers to personal advancement.
Three points spring to mind whilst reflecting on the ‘partnerships’ described above. Firstly, it is the journey itself, rather than the end result, which seems to offer the real reward; secondly, that there is much to be said for taking ‘time out’ to reflect on such a journey and then recognising and celebrating the event; and thirdly, there appears to be a powerful emotion attached and much satisfaction derived from providing support to those undertaking a challenge.
The last point in particular reminds me of a wonderful apprenticeship available for those interested in providing help in our schools. Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schoolsis an apprenticeship course that delivers vital assistance to teachers and their pupils, helping both groups to achieve their ambitions in a classroom setting. If you are passionate about helping others and want to share in that feeling of pride and joy from seeing others reach their potential, then why not look further into this worthy journey of your own. After all, despite the summer recess, September is not that far off now!
Contact any one of our training centres near you, to find out more.