Goal Setting Session for Grade 10 students
‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’ – Benjamin Franklin
At City Escape Hotel, it was more than a Goal Setting Session, as it was more of a destiny defining moment. The students made time to take stock of their progress, assess their readiness, and forecast their success for their final IGCSE examination. It was a moment of reality and hope; of truth and dare; knowing what you can do, and aiming to do better.
The facilitators, Mr. Atindana, Mrs. Thompson-Assan, Mr. Welagaamo and myself, took turns to motivate the students on different topics: How to Answer Examination Questions, Managing Examination Related Stress and Anxiety, Revising for Exams, Collaborative Learning, and Having the Right Attitude towards Exams.
I believe the day went down with success and the students bagged a number of nuggets I trust they will make good use of as the journey to success. I wish all candidates more power to their elbows and remind them of Henry Wadsworth’s words:
‘The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.’
Ebenezer Asime – Theatre & Drama Teacher, Facilator
Reflection on the goal setting trip
Being given an opportunity to reflect on my MOCK result, it was a shock to me once more to look at some subjects which I could have done exceptionally well in if only I had taken my time and read instructions clearly and understood the demands. Armed with this realization I am more confident and determined than ever, as I set out my final strategies for the IGCSE Examinations.
The phrase “I’m so stressed” is said more often than not in T.I.S and frankly with what I gathered from Aunty Sandra it is true. She spoke to us about stress and anxiety. The levels, signs, how to manage stress and how to manage anxiety. In the end I got in-depth knowledge of the nature of stress and advice on what I could do to reduce it. Mr. Ebenezer shared very useful revision tips and Mr. Welegaamo concluded by challenging us to eliminate all forms of limits and aim for the sky.
This was an opportunity to relax and get out of the exam study mode for a little and that was exactly what I did. It opened my eyes to how much work I have to put in to achieve my aim, and stay mentally and physically fit through this whole examination process. We are all nervous and as scared as we approach the final IGCSE examinations, but with God holding our hands we know we are headed in the right directions.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank our IGCSE Coordinator, Mr. Samuel Atindana, and the School Administration for making this experience possible. Lydia Boahen (Candidate)
Honestly, the mock results were not as encouraging as we expected, and with only one month to our final exam, anxiety was building up and a sense of hopelessness seemed to hover around us. But in light of this, the Grade 10 goal setting trip provided some sort of relief to us. During our goal setting, we discussed the reasons and solutions for our portentous results. Also, we were taught how to manage the stress of our fast approaching exams by Auntie Sandra. Moreover, the trip culminated with an inspiring presentation by Mr. Welagaamo on surpassing our limits. Ultimately, we left City Escape, Prampram, feeling inspired and ready to attack our exams, and with GOD on our side, hopefully succeed. – Ethan Pobee (Candidate)
To Be A Champion
At TIS, our goal is for each student to become a champion. TIS is an inclusive school and not a selective school. A tipping point for TIS is the range of experiences and opportunities that are available to students that will enable them to be champions. Add the bonus of being a boarding school, and the secret ingredient of fast and furious, you then realise why the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a natural fit at TIS.
But to become a champion requires effort, attitude, action and development over time. At TIS, there are three stages to becoming a champion: foundation; growth; and maturity. Within each stage there are different goals that must be achieved before moving to the next stage. These goals are set out below
Students must be an authentic member of the TIS by being a contributing member of the TIS family who believes in making the world a better place. No passengers are allowed. We need active family members.
As an inclusive school, we expect students to always seek their Personal Best and then improve upon their Personal Best, each day. TIS promotes leadership at every level of a student’s journey through TIS. We expect students to explore these leadership opportunities, so they can develop and mature their leadership attributes and skills to become tomorrow’s future leaders. Importantly, we expect each student to demonstrate integrity – what you do, when no one is watching you.
There are four areas in which we expect each student will demonstrate commitment to ensure a balanced student: academics; culture; sport; and service. Each area is as important as the other. One area should never become more important than the others. Creating an imbalance does not demonstrate a commitment to TIS or to the goal of becoming a champion.
‘Change is the end result of all true learning.’ (Leo Buscaglia) Students must be prepared for change and to change if they are learners. In fact, the only way to improve, and continually achieve Personal Best, is to change what you always do.
Students must have, or develop, a sense of curiosity. We require students who are inquirers, thinkers and reflective so they can become knowledgeable. Curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, so that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
A tipping point for TIS is the range of experiences and opportunities that are available to ALL students. At TIS, we want students to discover, explore and develop their talents. We assist them to help define their futures. As future leaders, their decision-making is important. So, when it comes to choices, it is critical that students participate in a wide range of TIS opportunities and experiences to enhance themselves as individuals. However, remember, there are always consequences for the choices you make. Do not become a cowboy by pleasing yourself and disregarding everything else that defines TIS.
Having laid a strong foundation, students must then achieve five key goals during a period of growth.
The first step at this stage is to define your specific goals and targets. Yes, there are so many opportunities and experiences available at TIS, that if you keep wondering instead of taking action, you end up being a passenger and not a participant. Avoid confusion. Once a student determines their end goal, they must then define the essential experiences that will assist them to realise their dream (or ultimate) goal. But, it starts at this point.
You can only improve what you do by setting challenges and achieving goals you thought you could not. Challenges are the key aspect of the ‘Dukies’ program in which we strongly encourage all students to participate. So, a key question for each student is: what is your challenge? However, be wary of conflicts that have the potential to derail your challenge.
Students must always be ‘in the moment’. They require focus and must engage in everything they do. They need to remove all distractions.
Collaboration is one of the most required skills in today’s world. Two minds are better than one, and four are even better. Within any team, students must contribute. They must plan, work and learn with and from others. Define your thinking and share your ideas.
Communication in all aspects (oral, written and visual) is an essential skill to become a champion. Students must be able to express their thoughts and ideas to further develop their understanding. Opportunities to present in front of others, whether it is small or large groups, are provided to all students to enhance their communication skills.
The final stage is maturation and there are four key goals at this stage.
As you achieve, your confidence grows. Continue to rehearse and practice. However, students must ensure they don’t allow any room for complacency due to over-confidence.
An important sign of maturity is taking control, or ownership, of your goals. So, focus on your goals. Ensure no distractions. Accept no excuses. You control your destiny.
Success requires consistency in effort, attitude and actions. Performance reflects consistency.
Once competency has been achieved, set new Personal Best targets to move to Champion status. At this stage, students must become a competitor to test their competency level.
You are only as good as your last performance. Keep raising the bar by defining your new challenges.
It’s time to celebrate your success, reflect on your achievement and accept your new challenges.
Enjoy the rest of your day