This week in assembly we were reminded to always think before we speak. If our words are getting us into trouble or hurting others, we’re showing others the very worst parts of us. Be kind and gentle. ‘Take care of your tongue like you would take care of your gold and silver’ ~ Ali Ibn Abi Talib A.S
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Maybe a fireman? A baker? A ballerina? Whether or not you still hold those childhood dreams of twirling around in a pink tutu or rushing off to be the hero in a house fire, you probably have some sort of idea what you ultimately want to do with your life. But are you actually doing it? Are you working towards it? Or have you given up on your dreams? Have the burdens of daily life and negativity pulled you down?
Your attitude determines your direction…our mind is an incredibly powerful tool, and if you fill it with positivity you will experience positive results. Just so, if you allow negativity to take up space in your mind it will pull you in that direction.
So in order to counter all the negative influences around you remember the following:
- Start your day with a positive thought or activity.
- Be optimistic and always anticipate that the best is going to happen.
- Believe that you can overcome anything.
- Your vibe attracts your tribe – so make sure that you surround yourself with positive people.
- Distance yourself from negative thoughts, opinions and actions and watch how amazing things start to happen for you.
Happiness is a choice…so be careful not to miss out on something so spectacular!!
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This week our focus was on kindness and how we can be kind to those around us. Sometimes we don’t realise that what appears to be unimportant to us is actually very important to someone else. There is a saying, ‘Every little counts’. Sometimes, something little means a lot to the person receiving it. It might make their day. It is easy to forget to be kind. Being kind means thinking about someone else and being willing to put their needs first. We challenged learners to think about the ways in which people are kind to them. We hope that they will go on showing their kindness to their friends, parents and teachers.
Success after failure…
We all know famous people because of the success that they have achieved. We have heard names like Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, J.K Rowling etc. What most of us do not know is just how many times they failed before they actually succeeded.
Katy Perry dropped out of high school in 1999 to pursue a career in gospel singing. In 2001 Katy Perry released her first gospel album – of which only 200 copies were sold – before the record company went bankrupt! She moved to Los Angeles where she started singing popular music. She was dropped by 3 music labels, but that did not demotivate her to continue pursuing her career. She worked odd jobs and did back-up vocals until 2006 when her first hit single, I kissed a girl, launched her into stardom.
Oprah Winfrey had a very tough upbringing. Her mom was a single teenage girl with very little money. She was sexually abused by her cousin at the age of 9 and fell pregnant at the age of 14. Her baby died soon after birth. Her life started to change for the best when she went to live with her biological dad. He helped her focus on her schooling. Oprah was accepted with a full scholarship at Tennessee University.
She got a job at a local television station as a news reader, but was fired because the producer thought she was unfit for TV. Oprah would become one of the most successful TV personalities in the world!
Winston Churchill said “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. We struggle sometimes from day to day to achieve our hopes and dreams. It is not always easy, but winners do not quit and quitters do not win!
Imagine what would have happened if people like Katy Perry and Oprah just decided to give up when things got tough. Logan Ortell
As we approach the last few days of the exams, here is just a gentle reminder to persevere to reach the finish line!
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.
A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.
In order to go from rabbit to crow: have a vision, aim high, embrace change, persevere, push through the difficult times, remember your goal, remember your goal, and don’t forget your goal…
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” Frida Kahlo
All the very best for the last few days of exams, everyone!
? Ms. K Strydom
A message from our Principal – Mr. D Swart
Wednesday evening was just one of those magical evenings where everything we did seemed to be timed absolutely perfectly. A friend and I decided to go walking along the beach front; as we often do in the afternoons, to just walk off the day and the stresses that we accumulated along the way, and of course just because it is healthy to be active and also because it is often a beautiful experience. It was just such a beautiful day – which started with me witnessing the spectacular moon that morning, the rising of the sun over the mountain and then the epic end to the day, with the most incredibly beautiful sight of the setting sun over the ocean…I was blown away and realized again just how privileged we are to witness such incredible beauty. I mentally scanned my body in that moment and was so grateful that I was alive, healthy, able to move on my own, able to see the spectacular sight in front of me, and just fortunate to be there and to have that experience. Wow, it was a moment in which I realized that we often take things for granted, we abuse things we have and we forget to be grateful.
Please do yourself a favour and take a moment to appreciate something as simple as a sunset…something that needs no input and no manipulation from us at all, it just happens at the pre allotted time every day, just like the ocean does what it does, every day…do yourself a favour and teach your children to appreciate the beauty around them, the miracles that happen without us even being aware of them, the things that money cannot buy…teach them to be grateful for those invaluable experiences that enrich our lives and keep us humble.
Just go out there and enjoy those miracles every opportunity you get because even though they will always be there, you will not!
Positive Quotes corner:
“An optimist is a human personification of Spring.”
Susan J. Bissonette
“Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it.”
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.”