Just Do It! Take Nike's advice on goal-setting.
The story of Phil Knight is a great American tale. A young, passionate entrepreneur defies his father’s advice and follows his own dream; a dream that will lead him to creating a cultural revolution across the world when he breathes life into the Nike brand. Today, Nike is worth an estimated $30 billion and Phil Knight has become known as one of North America’s most notorious philanthropists, even with the many controversies regarding Nike’s labour practices.
Knight’s first company, Blue Ribbon Sports, was the “sole” athletic American distributor of the Japanese shoemaker Onitsuka Tiger in the late 1960s. Along Blue Ribbon’s journey, Knight established short and long term goals for his company. His goals typically included expanding sales and territory, improving the quality of the product, and becoming a mainstream athletic brand in North America. As each year passed, Knight reflected on his company’s goals and asked the question: "Did we ultimately achieve our goals?" Moving forward, he would reassess the new economic landscape that surrounded his company and he began generating new goals for the following quarter or year.
Author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling stated: “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already, we have the power to imagine better.” We all have the power for greatness when we concentrate on achieving goals. Setting goals can make the insurmountable possible, provide focus to our lives and allow us to measure our overall progress in life. It is with these thoughts in mind that I strongly encourage you discuss goal setting with your child this fall. Regardless of your child’s age or how slight the goal may seem, setting goals can only help to propel students towards success and achievement. We aim for our students not to be perfect but to make incremental improvements that will make them whole.
Starting in early October, our grade 6 and 7 students will begin setting goals with their homeroom teacher. Our students will be using the SMART framework to develop their goals (please see the framework below). Once these goals are defined by each student, they will develop an action plan, which will include specific steps that will help them to achieve their goals. Throughout the year, students will reflect on their progress at the end of each term and reassess their plan.
After a legal struggle with the Onitsuka Tiger Shoe Company, Knight was left with the prospect of losing his life’s work, as another enterprise was awarded American distribution rights for their athletic wear. However, Knight was able to reinvent his company by way of his intellect, strong work ethic and passion for shoes. Along the way, Knight set goals that were specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely; in 1971 a new company called Nike was born and with it our (athletic) world transformed forever.
Knight, Phil. SHOE DOG. SIMON & SCHUSTER LTD, 2017. Print.
Guest Speaker Announcement:
Who: Spencer West
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 1:25 pm - 2:10 pm.
Where: Wentworth in the Katz-Telfer Gym
Imagine if you would, the biggest challenge you have ever faced. Think about the determination and perseverance you exerted to overcome that obstacle. Now, imagine accomplishing that task without the ability to use your legs.
For Me to We speaker, Spencer West, this is his life every day, having had his legs amputated from the pelvis down at the age of five. Author, documentary subject, and humanitarian, Spencer West will address our Middle Years Students on October 19th about overcoming obstacles to make a difference, something he has a great deal of experience with. He is a distinguished keynote speaker, having opened and headlined several WE Day events, as well as speaking alongside influential citizens such as Prince Harry, Prime Minister Trudeau and Martin Luther King III.
Through humour, humility, and tales of his accomplishments, Spencer aims to inspire hope and motivate his audience to find opportunities in challenges and to create positive change in and around themselves. We are so thrilled to have the opportunity for our Middle Years Students to hear from such an accomplished individual. Please see Spencer West's Biography for more information on our guest speaker.
From the Desk of Morgan McLaughlin
This upcoming Tuesday (October 17th) we will be hosting our annual photo day. Please ensure that your child is appropriately attired in number 1 dress.
Skilift Road Traffic Update
From Monday, October 16th to Friday, October 27th Skilift Rd will be closed eastbound. Parents won’t have trouble dropping their children off at Wentworth; however, as they head eastbound (to work or back home) they will encounter the road closure. Parents will have to use the Hwy 1 entrance off of Skilift Rd or use Chairlift Rd. to Chippendale Rd to avoid the road closure.
I would strongly recommend that you drop you child(ren) off at school prior to 8:00 am to avoid traffic congestion. Thank you in advance for your support and patience.
In preparation for a cold winter, we would like to inform you in advance that in the event of snow and school closures, you will find information by 6:30 am posted to both the Students and Parents pages of our website.
Backpack Buddies Food Drive @ Wentworth:
Did you know that 1 in 5 B.C. Children live in food insecure households? "Food insecurity is defined as the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. This means that for example, sometimes there may be dinner, but not breakfast. This creates a sense of insecurity surrounding where one’s next meal might be coming from. B.C. has the highest child poverty rate of any province in the country, for 8 years in a row. B.C. is the only province in the country without a poverty reduction strategy in place” (Backpack Buddies, 2017).
In order to help our local children (on the North Shore and across the bridge to East Vancouver) Wentworth will be holding its first food drive of the 2017-2018 school year. It will take place the week of Tuesday, October 24th to Friday, October 27th. At this point of the year, we have ZERO food in our storage. It is time to replenish our food supply! We need meals for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, healthy snacks, fruit snack (e.g. applesauce, fruit cocktail), and juice boxes. Canned meals that contain protein are best (e.g. tuna snacks, Chef Boyardee, Chunky Soup, stews, etc.). Please NO spam.
We are proposing a friendly Wentworth house challenge. Each house (e.g. Grouse, Cypress, Hollyburn & Seymour) will have boxes set up in the main foyer. All food items can be dropped off anytime throughout the week. Our goal is to collect enough food to carry our packing commitment through to the spring when we will hold our second and final food drive of the year. In the spirit of this event, Wentworth will have a school-wide civvies day on Friday, October 27th.
Thank you for your support!
From the desk of Wentworth’s Young Round Square Group
Upcoming Key Dates:
|Monday, October 16||8:50am-9:20am - Wentworth Weekly Assembly, Katz Telfer Gymnasium, #1 Dress (House t-shirts on top of uniform)|
|Tuesday, October 17||
8:00am-8:30am - Unishop Collection at Wentworth and Morven
8:45am-3:00pm - JK-Gr. 7 Class and Individual Photo Day, #1 Dress
|Wednesday, October 18||
7:45am-3:30pm - Grade 6-7 WE Day @ Rogers Arena
8:45am-10:15am - Unishop Sale, Foundation Student Centre
12:00pm-5:30pm - Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Meetings, various locations
Wednesday, October 18 through Monday, October 23
|Overnight Activity - YRS Service Learning Trip to Jasper|
Thursday, October 19
9:00am-12:00pm - Grade 6 Immunization Clinic, FSC
1:25 pm-2:10pm - Grade 4-7 Spencer West Talk, Katz Teller Gym
|Friday, October 20||Province Wide Pro-D : School Closed|