It used to be that ability was considered fixed and that although each person could become better at a given activity this didn’t change their intelligence.  Now, with a better understanding of how the brain develops, it has become clear that it is possible to continue growing the brain and that hard work can make a difference to what you can achieve.  At Bute, we focus on a growth mindset and developing habits of learning that encourage the girls to become active learners, with characteristics that support them when they face challenge. 

"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." Nelson Mandela

 Working closely with author and educational consultant C J Simister, we put together 6 pairs of Learning Powers that we will concentrate on nurturing in the girls, one pair each half term.  The girls will be developing skills of:

    • Initiative and Independence (Sapphire Power)

    • Resilience and Risk-taking (Ruby Power)

    • Persistence and Reflectiveness (Emerald Power)

    • Flexibility and Collaboration (Topaz Power)

    • Curiosity and Originality (Diamond Power)

    • Empathy and Integrity (Amethyst Power)

These will equip them with the character traits that will not only enable them to be successful learners, but prepare them for the world beyond school.  Many of you will have recognised the words of Nelson Mandela; these encapsulate the mindset that we want to encourage at Bute.  Not every girl finds things easy, but by using the above skills they can still achieve.  So, those of you who say “I can’t draw” or “I’m no good at maths” would find that by developing your growth mind-set you can improve!