Chairperson: HSRP Board
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON
Having worked in an attorney's office, as an advocate and a judge for over fifty years, I am accustomed to
asking pertinent and often uncomfortable questions. Now in my retirement, I also have the luxury to
wonder and ponder on some of life's more abstruse questions.
As I re-read the HSRP's Vision and Mission statements I reflected on the relevance of educational and
cultural excellence in today's society. How does one determine excellence and how is it measured? As an
alumnus with proud memories of Healdtown's rich legacy it occurred to me that there are a number of
non-negotiables when we define excellence in schools and three themes emerged.
Holistic development: In an excellent institution excellence permeates the entire school community. It
never surfaces in the telling only in the showing and, if we do not clearly define excellence it becomes
impossible to achieve it. We need to build upon expectations high enough to live up to a child's potential.
Success means developing character and enriching minds so that children are well prepared for tertiary
education, career and life.
Ethical leadership: Schools should operate with integrity, accountability and a passion for academic
excellence. They should provide safe, ethical, joyful cultures of learning where both educators and
learners alike can thrive and grow. School management bodies must ensure that schools operate within
their means and that all resources are used to benefit the learners' education. Stewarding public funds
optimizes fully enrolled and economically sustainable schools.
A positive environment: A highly effective school results from a rigorous academic programme. A
learner's progress towards proficiency and beyond is the most accurate indicator of a school's strength.
Learners grow in their ability to successfully meet their goals as they practice integrity and diligence.
Educators should provide a positive learning environment by working closely with parents and guardians
to fulfil a collaborative responsibility for the academic and personal growth of their children.
Whilst visiting the campuses, I have witnessed how the HSRP contributes to the growth and
development of the historic schools and their communities and supports the schools by manifesting
strong, outward-looking relations with the alumni, partners and sponsors who are keen to restore the
schools to their former glory.
As you read this report you will get a clearer and a richer understanding of the significant progress the
HSRP has made in the past year towards educational and cultural excellence at the historical schools.