Headmistress (Junior School)

Aspiring for Academic Excellence

"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude."

This quote by Colin Powell often resonates in my mind whenever I think of excellence. Long back in my journey as an educator I realised the importance of achieving and aspiring for excellence instead of perfection. For perfectionism is about the fear of failure, while striving for excellence is the urge for success. Excellence is superior performance, persistence and the commitment to do something exceptionally well. In the words of Aristotle - "Excellence is never an accident! It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution."

So, what signifies a Columban's aspiration for academic excellence? Is it only the possession of knowledge and the ability to perform, achieve and excel in scholastic activities?

Or is it a perennial drive for quest... discovery... curiosity? This quest is accompanied by realising one's true potential with a 'never say die' attitude. However, this is no easy task. It might take a herculean effort to withstand all odds in the journey of one's school life and face the numerous hurdles with grit, determination and focus.

How do we aspire for academic excellence? The key is to strive for greater goals and thrive while working hard for the same. Persistence and practice surely take us a long way. Attaining academic excellence is not a one-day task. It takes patience and tremendous hard-work to reach the desired level of success, but conscious and deliberate attempts in this direction, can yield spectacular results!

So, my message to you dear Columbans is - Rise up and shine! Shine your unique self! Strive to explore your true potential and hone your skills to outdo none other but your own self!

No one can defeat you until you accept your own defeat. Therefore, never ever give up! Believe firmly that there is light at the end of every tunnel, and the sun returns after every storm. All that you have to do is to not give up, and to keep working with the same level of passion and dedication that you initially started with.

So always remember what Edward Rolland Sill said, - "Be satisfied with nothing but your best!"

Mrs. Ritu Kaushal
Headmistress, Junior School