TN Tatem promotes leadership skills
Excited by TN Tatem Middle School’s progress since she joined as principal in September, Garita Coddington wants 100 people to witness the Power of One.
Stakeholders are invited to the Warwick middle school at 9am today, when students will showcase principles put forward by David and Andrew Bascome.
Power of One, a programme that teaches life skills and character building, was created by the brothers in 2013.
“This event gives all stakeholders an opportunity to visit our school,” Ms Coddington said.
“We will showcase our young scholars through public speaking, the performing arts, academic rigours tasks, innovative designs, athletic displays and much more.”
The initiative had been geared towards a select group of students.
That changed in September when an action plan aimed at improving “the vision of leadership for all students of all ages” was put in place by Ms Coddington.
David Bascome, a retired footballer and motivational speaker, made her aware of the leadership development programme in its early stages.
“Mr Bascome came to visit me and did a few lessons when he was still in the evidence-building stages of developing the Power of One in February 2013,” recalled Ms Coddington, who was then principal at Francis Patton Primary School.
“We have the power to develop scholars every day, through [this] amazing initiative.
The school began the process of implementing the leadership principles of the Power of One to develop positive productive young citizens.”
The 194 students enrolled at TN Tatem are all involved; staff members and parents play a part as well.
“All stakeholders, including staff, students, parents and community members, have been engaged in innovative life-changing empowering professional development opportunities that continue to show the positive shift in the culture and climate of our school,” the principal said.
Monday assemblies are centred on the mission; stakeholder workshops are held regularly with its progression in mind.
“By June 2018, at least 80 per cent of our students will display effective leadership characteristics using the Power of One principles to develop a culture at TN Tatem, that is positive and productive,” Ms Coddington promised.
“Data is collected by our year adviser leaders to show how our school is working towards meeting [this goal].”
Today’s events will “provide a platform to demonstrate [TN Tatem’s] understanding, implementation and execution of leadership skill principles”.
“Our vision for Power of One is to demonstrate high-leverage leadership skills through academics, sports, the arts, our school culture and environment.
“Since January 2018, the team has worked to organise their ideas and provide feedback and input to show how we can give a narrative of how we develop leadership skills at the middle school level.
“[My] legacy as a leader is to develop young scholars as leaders one student at a time.”
The day will be structured as “a news broadcast”. Students and faculty will provide information about the theory with commercials and practical examples of how they have shown conceptual understanding of the principles around leadership.
Student guides will lead a gallery walking tour around the school where guests can observe classroom practices, bulletin board presentations and booths.
“Our next steps begin now, inviting parents, students, business partners, educators and government leaders to learn and witness our school’s unique leadership model in a student-centred creative manner,” Ms Coddington said.
“Invited guests will gain a better understanding of the Power of One principles and how they are incorporated into our daily learning.
“We believe that through developing leadership skills and understanding personality traits, we can make a positive impact on our school and our community.”