Schools are powerful drivers of our future. After growing up believing that Brisbane State High School was the ‘ultimate’ thanks to an enthusiastic mother who went through there, I’ve come to appreciate and respect the different schools that exist. In Brisbane and Sydney, the GPS system is a marker of some of the better schools, though such membership is neither necessary nor sufficient for the school to actually be ‘great’.
Fort Street High is a great school. The oldest in Australia, tracing its foundation back to 1849, it has educated some great people… yet what makes a great school?
Surely it’s not just a place where people who become great go… it must be a place that consistently lifts students more than they would have been lifted elsewhere. If so, a great school should be able to help a student stand on taller giants than they would have otherwise dared.
The school motto is not necessarily a sure indicator of the culture of the school any more than a mission statement is of a company. But I do like Faber est suae quisque fortunae… “Every man is the maker of his own fortune”
What would your motto be?