What sport tells us about life... And learning

I love sport. I love sport because there are no excuses.

You win.

Or you lose.

Germany Win 2014 World Cup 

You have the courage to take a penalty...

Or you don't.

Dutch Penalty 2014

I love sport because of its honesty. You can't hide from yourself.

It therefore offers a window on the self. An opportunity to self reflect.

Over the last three weeks I've commented on over five hundred student reports. Our most successful learners - and there are loads of them - are honest with themselves. They self reflect.

Their approach may not have been perfect throughout the whole of the year. But they've reflected; they've been honest with themselves.

And they've made progress.

We all get things wrong. Brazil did. Holland did.

Brazil 2014 World Cup

It's what we learn that counts.

Argentina 2014 World Cup

The best sportspeople also transcend their sport. They don't simply kick or hit a ball; there's an artistry to what they do: win or lose. Think Federer.

Roger Federer

For me, perhaps the greatest interface between sport and art is Dance. Athleticism and Grace combine in creative fusion.

That's why I so love our annual celebration of Dance - Quantum Leap - now in its eleventh amazing year. One hundred and thirty young people at the Arlington Arts Centre last

Saturday performing incredibly not just once, but twice in matinee and evening performances.

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

They celebrate in impromptu fashion at the end of the show with this...

I then went backstage to congratulate them at the end of the show. They were singing another Michael Jackson song... Man in the Mirror.

In the context of my earlier comments it has a resonance in relation to the significance of self reflection...

If you wanna make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself

And then make a change

I said it to them at the time. I repeat it now: very special young people like our's certainly will go on to make the world a better place. And they'll make a positive change.