Discipline / Student leadership
Prefects' Investiture 2018
Good Morning Parents, Colleagues and Students of EGPS
Today we are gathered here to witness a very honourable occasion; the Prefects’ Investiture 2018. This is a very special moment for all our prefects as they will be officially appointed today.
Before I being, let me share a story with you. Mr Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. There is a story of a woman in India who was upset that her son was eating too much sugar. No matter how much she chided him, he continued to satisfy his sweet tooth. Totally frustrated, she decided to take her son to see his great hero Mahatma Gandhi. She approached the great leader respectfully and said, “Sir, my son eats too much sugar. It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?” Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, turned and spoke to her son, “Go home and come back in two weeks.”
The woman looked perplexed and wondered why he had not asked the boy to stop eating sugar. She took the boy by the hand and went home. Two weeks later she returned, boy in hand. Gandhi motioned for them to come forward. He looked directly at the boy and said, “Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.” The boy nodded and promised he would not continue this habit any longer.
The boy’s mother turned to Gandhi and asked, “Why didn’t you tell him that two weeks ago when I brought him here to see you?” Gandhi smiled, “Mother, two weeks ago I was still eating sugar myself.” Gandhi lived with such integrity that he would not allow himself to give advice unless he was living by it himself.
Hence, leadership is not about power or position; it’s about responsibility and commitment. You are specially selected to represent the entire student body at EGPS. You have to be a good role model in displaying the right values and attitude through PLAY. You have to be equally responsible in ensuring that the school is a safe place for every student through discipline and orderliness.
I wish you all the best in your leadership journey and hope you will find it a meaningful and purposeful one.
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