Connections; one of the three foundations of the Brookes Schools. What are they, how are they made and more importantly, can one maintain them?
We live in a world where connections can be made at the touch of a button and before you know it your profile enters a global matrix. Are these connections real? Well, it very much depends on the type of person you are. Do you hit ‘connect’ because you want to raise your own profile amongst peers, or to look important; is it for business, pleasure, to spy on others, or just because you are bored of the 273 friends you already have? I would suggest that all these reasons create very unreal connections. They play their part and may well provide introductions; however, real connections are made face-to-face and in person. A good old-fashioned hand shake, eye contact and clear and coherent conversations, with a sense of purpose, create instant and meaningful connections.
I recently had the immense pleasure of making such an expressive connection with HRH Prince Michael of Kent; a connection that inspired me further to ensure that the pupils at Brookes Moscow truly benefit from the array of opportunities we aim to provide. Maintaining good connections will require hard work and diligence on the part of the staff, parents and pupils at Brookes Moscow; it will demand respect, routines and responsibilities.
So, these connections Brookes talks of and what they are……well, they are the result of the challenges and opportunities we will provide each individual child, to understand themselves and to realise their unique place in society.