How might a little less perfection lead you to more learning, joy, and growth?
A few years ago, I shared with Nashoba Brooks School’s Grade 8 students a few musings about the insidious concept of “effortless perfection” that was hitting the headlines. It persists. Too often, perfection is held up as a goal. From airbrushed photos to curated social media profiles, we hold up unnatural perceptions and unreasonable standards as things to strive for. What is stranger to me still is the concept that you should achieve this myth of perfection without letting anybody see you sweat. I am not sure who originally had this idea or coined the phrase of “effortless perfection,” but it has got to go. I encourage, perhaps implore, students to cast off the concept of effortlessly perfect and embrace instead the notion of “effortly imperfect.” [And, yes…I know that is grammatically imperfect, and I choose to embrace it.] Life is, by definition, imperfect. People around the world have known the value of imperfection for years. The Japanese embrace the beauty of imperfection with the concept of “wabi-sabi,” Persian rug makers include intentional imperfections in their handwoven works, and the African-American quilting tradition values asymmetrical designs as having the greatest beauty. Often it is the exceptions to patterns that yield some of the greatest discoveries in science and nature. A little imperfection can be a beautiful and powerful thing. When was the last time you embraced imperfection? How might a little less perfection lead you to more learning, joy, and growth?
Alongside the book fair and poetry month, April has been a wonderful time for literature at Nashoba Brooks School. Sharon Draper and Jen Campbell, two celebrated authors, left their mark on the community over the past few weeks.
More than 75 parents responded to this year’s annual School survey and numbers were well balanced across all grade levels. The results of the survey are impressive and the feedback the parents offer to the School is glowing.
As Black History Month comes to a close, students and faculty alike celebrate diversity, acknowledging that a school is not only classrooms, gymnasiums, and fields, but also the people within these walls. Each year and at every grade level our students contemplate the presence and importance of different backgrounds, experiences and beliefs. And this month provides community members with an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Black in America.
Rachel Adams graduated from Nashoba Brooks School in 2001. She went on to study at Lawrence Academy followed by Maine College of Art and Design. Now living in Portland as a successful artist, textile designer, entrepreneur, wife and mother of two, Rachel shares her journey from student to full time artist.
Guida Mattison, Nashoba Brooks School's director of secondary school placement, wants to remove as much stress as possible from the high school application process that Grade 8 students go through each year.
Nashoba Brooks' school counselor, Liz Joyce, was accepted as a 2021-2022 fellow by The National Coalition of Girls' Schools' Global Action Research Collaborative. NCGS is an advocacy group that helps connect schools and organizations that educate and empower girls.
On Wednesday, October 20, the School held a dedication event to officially name the Sureau Family Discovery Barn. While the pandemic limited the size of the event, the community looks forward to a larger spring celebration of this compelling new addition to our campus facilities.
This year our students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by investigating a myriad of Hispanic and Latinx scholars, writers, and activists. In the first half of the month, students explored fifteen impactful individuals and events, selected by the Inclusivity Leadership Team (ILT).
Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School enrolls all genders in Preschool through Grade 3, and students identifying as girls in Grades 4 through 8. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school designed to build community, character, and confidence in its students.