Parents the world over rejoice in their children’s achievement of early milestones, first smile, first tooth, first steps, first word. This level of enthusiasm for our children’s development should be continued throughout their school life. Whether it be your child’s first day at school, their high school graduation or their first performance in front of an audience, all of these milestones (big and small) demonstrate your child’s growth and should be acknowledged and celebrated. The importance of celebrating education milestones are many. We’ve highlighted just a few below.
Achieving milestones in education signifies your child’s growth, whether they are in Kindergarten or Year 12. Being human is all about continual learning and growth. By celebrating milestones such as merit awards, school officer positions, academic excellence and even improvements in school work, we are acknowledging our children’s development and in doing so, we’re building their self-esteem and sense of worth.
In reaching and achieving education milestones, your child establishes and builds on their sense of identity. By marking milestones with celebrations, rituals or even just acknowledgement, your child feels a sense of belonging and connectedness with those people around them, whether they be family members, classmates, or teachers - celebrations assist in strengthening relationships.
Not all milestones need to be significant in order to be celebrated, and not all celebrations need to be significant. Your child may have achieved a milestone that may hold no importance for another child. For example, your son may have finally mastered a piece of music he has struggled with, or finally been chosen for a sporting team after much practice. While this kind of achievement may not warrant a full marching band, a simple celebration such as a special favourite dinner will mark the occasion and make your son feel a sense of accomplishment. This will give him confidence and build his self-esteem. No achievement is too small to praise – “Small is where big comes from!” (Dr John Stahl-Wert).
Celebrating key milestones in education allows your child to pause and take stock. They can reflect on where they have come from and where they are heading. Children should be encouraged to appreciate their accomplishments and give thanks for the opportunities that allowed them to get there. While this applies predominantly to older children, even younger children can be assisted to reflect on their achievements with help in recalling the past and what they have learned along the way.
For over a century, we have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit and we inspire boys to realise their potential, passions and purpose in life. To learn more about the Trinity difference and to see how we celebrate educational milestones download our Trinity in Action videos.