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In 6 days’ time I’ll be starting my last day @thegreyandblue. Hands down, the last 8+ yrs have been the most significant I can remember. St Alban’s is a special place. Over the course of the next week, I’ll be tweeting my gratitude on this thread & it’s going to get emotional...
Firstly, 9 years ago, @TeacherTalkTom interviews a maverick youth pastor who had been out of teaching for 7 years. For some reason, he offered me a job. That job turned into countless opportunities for growth, & opened doors to incredibly things. I discovered my niche. Thank you!
Because of @thegreyandblue I discovered the @BoysSchools action research program & got to do life with @margotlong @dilaycock @sabol222 @jlien11 & @trishcislak. 6 incredible years of research and global friendship. Thank you! Now, I get to work for IBSC in an exciting new season.
My 2nd Head @thegreyandblue, @ShaneKidwell, encouraged me to celebrate the uncomfortable, embrace vulnerability, lead with courage, speak my truth, innovate, unlock others’ potential, be mindful, think exponentially, listen generatively & much, much more. To a mentor, Thank You!
In my years @thegreyandblue, I have taught many young men who have made a bigger impact on me than I think I have had on them. I’ll be paying tribute to some of them here, too. Their mark on my life is indelible. St Alban’s is the people.
This painting of Picasso by Selwyn Steyn (Class of ‘15) adorned my office but now hangs in my living room. Selwyn challenged my thinking in many ways & remains a creative genius. More than anything, his empathy for humanity stands out. I cherish this painting & our friendship
Another student who profoundly impacted my life is Philip Nwedemutswu. He taught me so much about race, privilege & inequality. He helped me to understand. A deep thinker, Philip is wise and mature beyond his years. For your impact in my last years @thegreyandblue, thank you!
I’ve worked with some incredible educators in my years @thegreyandblue. These people have shaped the way I see the world. They’ve pushed and challenged me; they’ve encouraged and supported me; they’ve modelled excellence, resilience, unconditional love & commitment to purpose.
I learned so much from @KeanBroom & @RossSparrow in our years together @thegreyandblue. Both of them are now headmasters in other schools. They continue to inspire me & be examples of what it means to make an intentional difference in the world. I am grateful for your mentorship.
If there’s one person who gave me the room to find my niche @thegreyandblue, it’s @GlynGlynnis. As my English HOD, she always encouraged creativity & innovation. In many ways, the freedom she gave me to try new things unlocked a career path of research & teacher development.
I learned from @GlynGlynnis that great leaders give team members room to grow & then find ways of plugging that growth back into the team so that everyone benefits. It’s fitting & exciting that she is now stepping into the Director of Academic Innovation position @thegreyandblue
St Alban’s has a way of incubating innovators. I learned so much from @SashGonzalez in his time @thegreyandblue and I continue to be inspired by his journey. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from the likes of him. Thank you!
Everyone needs a squad. I am grateful for all I’ve learned from my fellow pigeons: @GlynGlynnis, @clearlywords & Tracy, I have gleaned so much from the you over the years. You’ve had my back & have taught me to see things differently. I am so grateful to be #oneofthegirls 🐦 🖖🏼
Anyone who has ever stepped onto the campus @thegreyandblue will know the feeling. It’s a special place. I’m grateful for the almost 8 years I was blessed to call it home. Living on campus was a joy! I think I’ll always feel at home here...
Brené Brown asserts that “courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” @AllinghamDarren In your time @thegreyandblue I was always inspired by your courage. I appreciate your impact on my life.
It’s my last day @thegreyandblue today so this thread will end soon... @KrinesanMoodley & @Craig_H78 have been incredible colleagues and good friends. I have learned so much from both of them. Thank you!
One meets amazing people in community. I am also grateful for all the boys @OurBloodIsBlack. The years I spent as your housemaster were my most fulfilling @thegreyandblue. Thank you!
Another reason why I’ve been blessed to be @thegreyandblue: This is a tribute to my colleague, Rob Lodge, who is recovering from surgery. The whole school singing “Mtwana ka Mama”.
One last time... Laud the Grace! #brothersofthesword @thegreyandblue
In my last assembly @thegreyandblue I shared 10 lessons I’d learned while at St Alban’s. I’ll end this thread by summarising them here #thegreyandbluetaughtme
#Thegreyandbluetaughtme [1] Do what you love and love what you do. This will give you a reason to wake up and be amped about every day. [2] Grab every opportunity that comes your way. You might not succeed in every endeavour but you’ll never be left asking “What if?”
#Thegreyandbluetaughtme [3] Equality Matters. It is said that when one is accustomed to privilege, equality seems like oppression. Those of us with privilege have to do the heart work. We have to challenge racism and sexism, and we have to be better allies to marginalised people.
#Thegreyandbluetaughtme [4] People are more important than projects and processes. People are infinitely more important. [5] What you get from a community is a direct result of what you invest in a community.
#Thegreyandbluetaughtme [6] Balance is important. Work shouldn’t define us. Purpose is connected to the difference we make in the world. Achievement is relative. Try (& do) your best but don’t devote your life to achieving. Achievement can be hollow but purpose brings meaning.
#Thegreyandbluetaughtme [7] Process is more important than product. Real, deep learning finds intrinsic value in every learning moment, not a result. Results will follow if we value the process. [8] We never arrive. Learning is a lifelong process. Become a lifelong learner.
#Thegreyandbluetaughtme [9] Make space in your life for wonder: Don’t be too busy (or distracted) to notice beauty, to celebrate relationship, to smell the flowers & to notice the gift of every breath. [10] Never, ever, take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself.
I ended with the attached story, related to me by my Aussie friend, Nick Baff in 2015 when we parted ways. @thegreyandblue, I will see you later...
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