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A Speech from our TEDX Conference

Below is a well-written speech from our TEDX Conference from May-May in Year 8. A great example for everyone to see!

Confidence Conquers All

By May, Year 8

What is confidence? Confidence means to believe in the power of yourself. Self-confidence is extremely important in our lives. Many people struggle to find it or to be confident, even me. Having confidence is great, but sometimes having it too much can be a bad thing.

Firstly, a good reason for being confident is because confidence makes you successful in life. For example, getting a job. If you look really confident, you will always be expected to get a job, or be more lucky, you will get even better job than the first job that you choose. And if you get a really great job, you will be really successful. I can advise you how to win a presentation. Speak in normal tones, always look at the audience, don’t read out from a paper, stand up straight and always have a smile on your face, use body language. Always practice before the presentation day. Remember the script and stand up straight in front of a mirror. Read out the script and do what I told you to to be successful in a presentation.

Secondly, the more self-confident you become, the more you know how to handle or act in situations.This means that, any time you’re being confident, you will know how to handle the situation. For example, you are invited to a challenging race. There’s need to present something in front of the stranger, in that situation, you just need to be confident. Confidence will help you to win it. If you are confident, even the hardest situation, you can handle it easily without any worry. I can tell that if you are not confident, everyday of your life will be a struggle. If you don’t have confidence, you wouldn’t be able to do anything because you’re scared.

Furthermore, being too confident is not always good. Overconfidence can lead to a disaster instead of success. Overconfidence is when you go over your ability level. Overconfidence can happen anywhere, at school, at work, or in relationships.It is easy sometimes to become overconfident. Overconfidence can destroy your life; avoid it. For the strong and powerful, confidence is an ocean. The ocean is powerful and conquers all. But if you are being overconfident, the ocean might pull you down and make you drown. For example, you start taking a class that is easy for you. You already know what to do and how to do it. Then you need to start a project that is so easy you can laugh. So you didn’t care about it so much. A few week pass, the old work starts piling up, as you rush to do it. Suddenly, it’s not as easy any more. This is how overconfidence can be damaging.

Lastly, you now know what confidence is and how it can affect your life. I would advise you to be confident but not overconfident. ‘With confidence, you have won before you have started.’ as Marcus Garvey said. Thank you.

Friendly Competition or Bitter Rivalry? Psychology of the House System

Written by By Mo Suwanwela, Year 13 Psychology Student

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Mo, Year 13, applies ‘social identity theory’ to her experience of the four different Houses


Social identity theory describes a human need to belong to a group. The groups we belong to help us figure out who we are and fulfills our basic need for self-esteem. This theory can be applied to The Regent’s House System. In our House group we are able to achieve positive self-esteem, such as receiving House points, which contributes to our self-esteem, while at the same time we support each other and work together in events such as sports day and swimming gala where we express favoritism towards in-groups by cheering on our House and trying our best to beat the other Houses.

Social identity theory describes how we categorize people in groups, identify with the group we belong to, and compare our group to others. These processes are called categorization, identification, and social comparison. This also happens in our House system. Firstly, categorization is used to divide people into 4 groups: the blue sharks, yellow tigers, green crocodiles and red dragons. In House events people are put into these groups to work together; the identification aspect is in choosing to become a part of the group. This is highly evident when a house wins an event such as Sports Day, Loy Krathong or when there are pizzas involved, people are more likely to identify themselves with their House, for example by wearing House colours. Much like Cialdini’s experiment to investigate the tendency to associate one’s self publicly with successful others, in which students tended to wear the jersey of their university’s sports team after they won a big match, students want to associate themselves with their House colour more when we have beaten the other Houses. Social comparison, on the other hand, is the idea of separating in-group members to out-group members, the division between ‘us’ and ‘them’, and trying to be better than the other Houses. Students would cheer for participants within their own House even if they didn’t know any of the competitors.

Being separated into different House teams arguably creates prejudice and hostility between the Houses, which I have experienced first hand. My close friends and I are usually very supportive of each other when we play team sports together or are assigned to do challenging tasks, but when we are scattered across different Houses, everyone becomes more competitive, which is understandable. However as House events progresses throughout the year, the competition can take the best out of people. Although there were no sabotages or serious intent to hurt one another, friendly insults become more uncomfortable and starts to hold more meaning, and this can provoke more conflict in our friendship outside of the House group context. After events would be finished, students would compare themselves through the performance of their House for weeks on end and occasionally mentioning their win in an argument to prove any point they make and that they are superior to everyone else because of their status in the House ranking; but luckily like all things in school the rivalry will blow over and eventually everyone would be back to normal.

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