Now, perhaps more than ever, we all face ambiguity in determining how best to move forward. What is ambiguity? It is acting and making decisions with incomplete information, adapting to change, working without complete direction and imagining what’s attainable in an uncertain future.
Especially for students (and adults for that matter) it’s easy to feel like everything is uncertain in times of uncertainty. What matters in this case however is to realize that we are not adrift. There are things we know and precedent that we can follow.
This is where being part of a collaborative community united with a common purpose, to develop courageous girls who challenge and change the world, comes to the fore.
Much of what we do at SMLS revolves around developing courage, tenacity and confidence. All of these qualities are required when we face uncertainty. To help Millies emerge with global competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration, we deliver programs and curriculum that give Millies agency, voice, confidence and respect for diverse and inventive approaches to finding solutions.
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” - Gilda Radner
We’ve learned over the years that exposing SMLS students to the nuance and complexity of global citizenship goes a long way in revealing how to manage difference and diversity effectively.
Our Global Citizenship Signature Program, available to all girls from Grade 2 to Grade 12, engages students with the world beyond the walls of our school. Our program immerses students in authentic, real-world experiences that enrich their academic knowledge and have application across a broad range of curricula, while remaining purposefully geared toward character development and nurturing of personal life skills.
Millies explore and connect with local and global communities through:
- Experiential learning trips (we have continued this in virtual form during the time of COVID)
- Community engagement and service learning
- Cultural exchanges
- National and international student leadership opportunities
Before COVID our Millies explored countries such as India, Bhutan, China, Australia, Panama, Costa Rica and Argentina, while local trips have included Ottawa, New York City and Quebec City.
Global Citizenship experiences, including cultural exchanges and local, national and international service learning opportunities, equip girls to better understand and therefore contribute positively to the communities around them.
What we have witnessed over the years, and particularly in this past year, is profound resilience throughout the Millie community. Our collective ability to view ambiguity as opportunity is just one more way we see SMLS as the school where empowered women emerge.