FROM THE DESK OF MRS MEIKLE

Authentic pride is often a great motivator

"Gees Week" is upon us and there is much war-crying and drum beating going on before school and during break each day. While I have to admit I find the noise a little unsettling, I am delighted to see such wonderful school spirit amongst the pupils. They are clearly proud of their school and are, for the most part, not afraid to show it. It got me thinking about pride as a concept and how it relates to confidence, motivation, achievement and general happiness.

The first thought to cross my mind - being somewhat of a pessimist, and having been schooled at a good Catholic institution in the early 80s - was the age-old saying ‘Pride comes before a fall!’ This unfortunately gives pride a very negative connotation, something which I find difficult to reconcile with the joyous sense of pride I have been witnessing around the school this week. I believe strongly that pride can be a positive emotion, used to reinforce continued effort.

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