The Head’s Tale – The Value of One

This week’s blog focuses on the concept of ONE.  This is the theme of student council for the 2017/18 school year and extends from the singular to the collective – our School of One.  This encourages all of us to use our individual voices in unity and to keep our focus on the power of a collective vision, common goal, and shared values.  Hence, the benefit of one in unifying our efforts in creating a community that serves and supports, welcomes all voices, and rallies around a clear mission of why “together is better.”

The significance of the power of one can be experienced in multiple ways – one idea, one interaction, one smile, one story, one team, and the influence each can have on relationships, perspectives, and our belief that we can set about achieving whatever we choose to do! The extraordinary value of how we share our experiences with others and the ways in which we utilize our differences to strengthen our community is what makes SMS a great place to teach and learn. As stated by our Head Girl, Girija Bhatnagar, "the SMS family is like no other.  The love, spirit, and care shared amongst us is so strong!  Each member of the family is unique, yet we come together to form a family of one.”

At St. Margaret’s we encourage our girls to find their voices and to exercise them in a way that celebrates diversity, strives towards utilizing each person’s strengths, and is mindful of our challenges while remaining hopeful of what the future has to offer.  Working towards what I refer to as the collective “big ONE” (while leveraging the skills of each individual – the “little ONE”), four things are likely to happen:

  1. Success is shared and celebrated due to the efforts of many – We can all do a little something, and together we can do something truly amazing.
  2. Learning increases as you draw from individual experiences, knowledge, skills and effort – The law of accumulation states that the sum of 1 + 1 > 2 and that the total of a lot of little things isn’t little.
  3. Increased accountability and shared ownership for both positive and negative outcomes – Being responsible to each other also acknowledges the significance of contribution and the strength of cooperation, collaboration, and consensus.
  4. Sustained growth even in the face of change – The synergy of the collective has the capacity to shift problems into possibilities and empowers everyone to believe they can make a difference.

Going forward, we need to appreciate the power of one – both from an individual and a collective perspective. If we can define our purpose together, then all of our individual efforts will work in concert and we will create a strong future for our girls.


“No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”

                                                                                                H.E. Luccoch

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

                                                                                                Phil Jackson

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision; the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows

 common people to attain uncommon results.”

                                                                                                Andrew Carnegie

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