The fruits of our students’ hard work were there for all to see at the latest Secondary School assembly. After just one week, there were an amazing 400 plus points recorded by the students across the school. Only 30 minus points were recorded across the same period.

From now on, we will be giving out rewards to those students who work the hardest. For example, 10, 20 or 30 plus points will result in students being given tickets to go to the front of the tuck shop queue. 40 points will result in a pizza lunch for the successful student. 50 points will result in a 500-baht book token.

Moreover, we are changing the way we grade students in their grades and reports. From now on, we will be rewarding students for their effort in class, their independent study and the degree to which they participate in lessons. We are hoping to encourage students to communicate more with their fellow-students and with their teachers.

Though quiet, hard-working students are great students, we also want our students to express themselves more openly, so that they become more confident in their ability to communicate.

Like any other skill, confidence is developed through practice, best summed up through the quotation, “Confidence is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets.” A confident student is also a successful student. As one of my Year 8 students wrote in her essay this week, “Confidence isn’t about other people; it’s about you.” If we develop our confidence, we become risk-takers, we become leaders – and maybe, just maybe, we get the chance to change the world.

by Mr. Charles Barrow, Deputy Head Secondary