Achievement, what's this to you?

By Callum Patrick, Deputy Head Boy | Posted: Thursday May 4, 2017

Speech made by Deputy Head Boy Callum Patrick at assembly this week

‘Kid President’ Video -

Achievement, what’s this to you?

Obviously to Kid President he doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of his personality, looks or issues. But his desire to achieve well in life is portrayed through his videos and he doesn’t let anything get in his way of achieving this goal. This to anyone I think is massive as being different is not a bad thing, it doesn’t even set you aside from anyone else if you want to achieve a goal. 

Achievement isn’t all about the Excellences or the Merits, or the getting awards to say that you can run the fastest in a race. It is, don’t get me wrong, but a sense of achievement can come from the smallest of things. Saying something to one of your peers that’s going make them feel good about themselves can be a mini-achievement in itself as you may have just made their day. Trying 110% in your maths test and giving it your best shot is as much of an achievement than someone at the back of the room who can reel the square root of 266 without blinking. Giving anything your all this term is what it is all about. If life throws you a massive curveball this term, don’t slack off and admit defeat, don’t give in, because by giving it a go, you have just achieved something you have never done before, and that’s awesome. You learn from these things and build resilience and strength of character. 

As Michael Jordan said “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying” And it is when you start to give things a fair crack, the Excellences and the Merits will begin to appear. So be like ‘Kid President’ and if life's got you on the back foot, show a little resilience and give it a go, because you never know, you may just like it after all. 

So if you couldn’t tell, this term's theme is Achievement, so to kick it into gear, I put this to you, why not go achieve something different today? Achievement comes in all sorts of forms and the smallest sorts of achievements are sometimes the best. I have started it off by doing this speech - a big achievement for me in front of the whole school.  What are you going to achieve? Good luck out there, that’s all from me.