By Annabel Mulligan, Deputy Head Girl | Posted: Thursday August 11, 2016
Responsibility - “The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.” More often than not, someone that you have to take responsibility over, is yourself. Everyday, you are responsible, without even realising it. You eat, you’re taking responsibility to nourish yourself, you sleep, you’re taking responsibility to recharge yourself, you learn, you’re preparing yourself for the future. Mahatma Ghandi once said “The future depends on what you do today”.
When I was writing this speech, I asked some friends what they did in their daily life that brings out responsibility. One said, “I get to school on time” and another said “I practice good work habits". By getting to school on time, they’re practicing discipline. By practicing good work habits, they’re taking charge of their education and their future, right now, you are sitting here and listening, you’re having control over your actions. In various ways, all of these scenarios show responsibility.
This term I ask you to take care, care of of yourself, care of your education and care of those around you. I ask you to do your duty as a student and as a friend. Think about the story or message you are giving to others when they look at what you say and do. Do you want your story to be one of helpfulness, friendliness and support that attracts others to you or do you want your story to be a negative one that may well end up with you getting in trouble? Be responsible for what you say and do. Make your story a good one!
I ask you to take responsibility for your future. Seniors, we have our mocks exams in the near future, take responsibility and make sure you are prepared, and achieve what you aspire to do. Juniors, you can also take responsibility and learn something new, take all opportunities you can. As a whole school, we have a responsibility to respect ourselves and those around us, as the saying goes, treat others how you want to be treated. You yourself, are responsible for learning from your past, and guiding your future achievements. Les Brown once said, “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”