In Pursuit of Excellence
‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep’. Robert Frost
Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going on matter what. The academic year 2017-18 has been a momentous year for Annasaheb Dange International School, Islampur. As the school entered its third glorious year, we received the much needed CBSE Affiliation (CBSE Affiliation No 1130723) to carry on to its next level. It was indeed an uphill task. Nevertheless, thanks to the constant support and guidance of our visionary management that has lead to the completion of this much awaited affiliation. As we ascend one level after another, one thought that definitely comes to my mind is, ‘What’s next’. We have a Dream. A dream of becoming ‘the preferred school’ in the city of Islampur. A school which is known for its quality education and excellence in every field. A school which is known for its ideals and Humanitarian values. In our quest for excellence we have set our next target i:e gearing up for the high school affiliation and then accreditation by CIS (Council of International Schools). One definite sign of a Progressive school is GROWTH and a Vision that will motivate us to keep giving our best. There has to be a visible sign of growth, a new freshness that will take us to the next level. And the most contributing factor is a constant ‘Striving for Excellence’; we have to be in constant ‘Pursuit of Excellence’.
Excellence is a self-imposed, self-directed, life-long process. Excellence is not by any accident. It is a collective effort, where the entire team, continuously strives to better themselves. The performance standards are set by themselves, they work on their dreams with focus and are prepared to take calculated risks and do not get deterred by failures as they move towards their dreams. Then they step up their dreams as they tend to reach the original targets. They strive to work to their potential, in the process, they increase their performance thereby multiplying further their potential and this is an unending life cycle phenomenon. At this stage, in our pursuit of excellence, we become aware that we are not in competition with anyone else, but ourselves. That is the culture of excellence. Being unique will require excellence.
We as educators need to play a vital role in instilling in the young generation a thirst for constant ‘Striving for Excellence’. Education should be more than just a place to expand intellect – that it should also be a place to learn compassion and magnanimity. The main element in school is learning to be magnanimous … This means having a big heart, having a greatness of soul. It means having grand ideals, the desire to achieve great things in response to what God asks of us and, precisely because of this, doing everyday things, all our daily actions, commitments, and meetings with people well. It means doing the little everyday things with a big heart that is open to God and to others.
We have undoubtedly achieved one mammoth task which has boosted our confidence and energized us to gear up for the next level. And we shall not weary nor rest until we have achieved our goals. I am of a firm belief that educators do impart knowledge and values with their words but it will be more influential on the kids if our words are accompanied by our example, by being consistent in our lives. It isn’t possible to educate without being consistent! … School can and should function as a catalyst, being a place of encounter and convergence of the entire educational community with the single objective of shaping and helping the students to grow as mature, simple, honest, and competent persons who know how to love faithfully, who know how to live their lives as a response to God’s call and their future professions as a service to society.