Always and Forever

Posted on October 28th, 2012 by Sally in Tybed

November is traditionally a month of remembrance the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars. This year it falls on November 11th.

One of the ways we remember is by telling stories. As I get to know staff and students at Deeside I realise that we all have a story to tell; our own personal journey; how we got to where we are now. In the foyer is a large poster illustrating the story of last year’s successful students, and that is fantastic, and we celebrate that success each year at the annual prize giving.

For many, that success has been hard won, overcoming all kinds of setbacks on the way. When so many are quick to label the youth of today in a negative light it is perhaps necessary to affirm and applaud those who are determined to succeed and are embracing every opportunity that this college offers.

Of course I also see the students who slip through the net, those we fail to help, and that saddens me. As a college family we should all shoulder some of the responsibility for identifying those people in our own peer groups who may be struggling. A little encouragement goes a long way and what you do or say may make all the difference and enable that person to tell a story that everyone wants to hear and remember.

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