On Saturday 4th February, the UC and SFC girls were fortunate enough to attend the Principal’s Lecture, this time given by Ms Jardine-Young herself, on the topic of Education for Life.
Through relaying her own experiences, she identified the importance of a growth mindset, and that learning should be continuous, rather than just associated with formal education. She described her formative years in Malawi; particularly how she benefitted from a multi-cultural upbringing and the enterprising, pioneering spirit of those around her.
Experiencing this, she said, instigated her dedication to early academic and extracurricular opportunities, and a steadfast determination, even during setbacks in her career. She emphasised the importance of perspective during high-pressure situations, alluding to her own interview for the position of headmistress, and how her development came from the process, not just the result.
Ms Jardine-Young revealed how this attitude towards learning influences her vision for CLC; to create a community of students and staff that foster a similar mentality, and that College remains an adaptive institution in years to come. She quoted Alvin Toffler with, “Illiterate in the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those that cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”.
Following this, special guest Duncan Piper of The Unreasonables, a leadership organisation, argued that an avid appetite for learning and ‘coachability’ are paramount qualities in those who effect change. He also discussed the need for versatility and resourcefulness in the uncertainty of the 21st century. Mr Piper concluded the thoroughly enjoyable lecture, inspiring many by declaring his belief that CLC girls all have the potential to become great leaders.
Alexandra Beukers, SFC1