Jun 03
Mission Possible

Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,

The Mission Impossible franchise has been around since 1966 with countless episodes, reboots and movies. The tagline at the beginning of every episode says, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”  The lead character, Ethan Hunt, most recently played by Tom Cruise, inevitably makes a decision to accept a mission that seems ‘impossible’ to the viewer. Ethan Hunt is not a typical superhero. He can’t fly through the air, spin webs or make himself invisible. I believe his superpower is his growth mindset; his ability to believe in himself, see challenges as opportunities and to understand persistence as the impetus for accomplishment.

This past week our students have been participating in an obstacle course during their PE time, called Mission Impossible, or as some teachers refer to it, Mission Possible. It has all kinds of interesting tasks involving balances, agility and flexibility. Students have the opportunity to practice developing a growth mindset as they attempt and often reattempt challenging physical tasks. In many ways, this activity is a culmination of our school wide, year long focus on growth mindset. The wellness goal in our School Development Plan is that student confidence and persistence in learning will improve. We are so proud of our students and the accomplishments they have made across subject areas, over the course of the year.

A quick Google search of ‘growth mindset’ will reveal thousands of resources on what growth mindset is and how to foster it in your children. Some quick ways you can do this at home include; celebrating mistakes as an opportunity for learning, trying new activities and through encouraging risk taking in all aspects of life. A growth mindset can lead to greater resiliency and confidence in all of us, both young and old. Carol Dweck, the psychologist who introduced growth mindset to the world says, “We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.” I believe every one of our children has the potential to be a superhero disguised as an ordinary person.

Sincerely,
Brad Emery, Principal


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