The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
This is one of my favourite quotes. The speaker is Teddy Roosevelt an American president from 1901 to 1909. Younger people would know him as fictionally played by Robin Williams in A Night at the Museum (the guy on the horse).
I find it inspiring and in real sync with the Aussie “roll your sleeves up and give it a go” ethos. I believe it is a sentiment that we want to inspire in our students. Life does involve calculated risks and is given meaning and purpose through our great devotions. It is better to err on the side of enthusiasm and passion.
You actually see a lot of this sentiment in our community: students that stick to a goal or stand by a friend, who want to lead and show initiative. You see it in parents who continue to give of themselves even when their own circumstances can be difficult. You see it in the constant effort and passion amongst our staff and their vision for our students.
We’re getting to the end of the year and there are a million things to do, events coming up and reports to sign. It is good to remember that the core of all we are doing is making an investment in precious lives.
As I write this, clouds are darkening, thunder growing and rain is not far away. I’ve just decided that given the forecast we will continue with our Year 5/6 Survivor Camp. We’ve just sent parents a message that we will go ahead, but may ask them to get us tomorrow after school if it washes out.
Hey, it is a survivor camp after all. It’s worth the risk. Remind me of this if we look sadly drenched tomorrow.