Reflection: Partnership

Posted: 23rd February 2022


We often hear of all sorts of different partnerships, whether that be a marriage partnership, a business partnership, or a sporting partnership. Yet if there are so many different types of partnership, on so many different scales, then what does it really mean to be in a partnership, and what is the point?

A partnership is an association of two or more people engaging in the same activity, and what I believe is central to this is collaboration. As we see in the School Values the action of collaborating with others, allows for mutual enrichment and for us to make a difference. As the great missionary Mother Teresa said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

I think one of the best examples of a partnership is that of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. I n 1887, and at the age of just 20, Sullivan made it her mission to teach Keller, who was both deaf and blind. Despite being partially blind herself, Sullivan taught Keller to read Braille and use sign language to communicate. Keller subsequently became the first deaf and blind person to graduate from university in the US. Here it may appear that only Keller benefited, yet so did Sullivan who had to learn to be empathetic, patient, resourceful, and persevering, so that together they could do great things. As Keller said herself, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

Here at the RGS we are also involved in many different partnerships at a local, national and international level. Something that many of the Sixth Form are involved in are the RGS masterclasses, which provide opportunities for primary school children to gain academic insights, while allowing RGS students to gain hands on experiences. I was also lucky enough to be involved in RGS’s international partnership with Nepal. Although I never made it to Nepal due to Covid, I personally learnt many life lessons during the experience, and our partner schools in Besisahar continue to benefit from our knowledge and fundraising.

Needless to say everyone’s idea of success is slightly different, but through partnerships we both help and learn from others, allowing us to achieve a diverse range of personal and organisational goals.

So remember: “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”


Matt Shaw
Deputy School Captain

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