28 February 2020 – Newsletter #07 – Seniors

Can you recall a time somebody was kind to you?  Now change the scenario and think of a time you were kind to another person? Call to mind their reaction and how you responded.  Move into your heart and notice the feelings there.  You should know that kindness affects the user and the experiencer — leaving a lasting impression on both. In this fast-paced world, kindness and compassion takes a back seat to selfies, self-interest and expendable human interactions.  Every person is waiting to be discovered or become rich, believing it holds the key to their happiness. Yet when they attain success, they long for their former life having underestimated the trappings of fame and celebrity. [read more]

28 February 2020 – Newsletter #07 – Juniors

This week we have touched on Habit Number 5: “Seek first to understand then to be understood”.  This means we must not only listen but hear what people are telling us. This was beautifully explained in the story at assembly on Monday.  We so often want to put our point across first and not listen or even give the other person a chance to respond.

In using Habit 5, we should consider the following:

  • Care about other people’s feelings
  • Try to see things from others viewpoints
  • Listen without interrupting
  • Share your opinions and ideas [read more]

21 February 2020 – Newsletter #06 – Juniors

This week started with a positive message in assembly. We are discussing the 7 Habits of Happy Kids and the message this week was on how to have a Win-Win situation.

Students learnt of a little girl named Lilly who badly wanted a garden to plant strawberries. Initially Lilly’s mom declined her request . Instead of sulking or feeling angry Lilly wrote a note explaining that she would really work hard to keep the garden healthy and she would share her strawberries. Her mom agrees on these terms. [read more]

14 February 2020 – Newsletter #05 – Seniors

You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” - Roy T. Bennett

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busywork where really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone good-bye and closed and locked the door.

If you're in comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile;
Success is there for you!

Author Unknown --- Sent in by Andrew Ho --- Malaysia [read more]

07 February 2020 – Newsletter #04 – Seniors

Setting limits for ourselves:

From a young age we are taught to set goals if we want to achieve something. Many times these goals become artificial limits, keeping us from achieving our actual potential. Roger Bannister is a prime example of this, before he broke the 4-minute mark for the one mile run people thought that it was physically impossible to achieve this feat. Once he achieved it more and more people accomplished it, we need to remember to move our goals, always aim higher! [read more]

07 February 2020 – Newsletter #04 – Juniors

As we continue with the theme of 7 Habits of Happy Kids, we moved onto habit 3 – ‘Put first things first”. This is probably one of the most difficult habits, because we are so used to doing the things that are the easiest or most enjoyable first, instead of what is actually important. We tend to procrastinate and put off the things that we don’t want to do, like studying for a test. I’m sure there are many of us that end up cramming for a test the night before, instead of preparing for it well in advance and eliminating the unnecessary stress that follows. Think about how good it would feel when we are prepared for this sort of thing. A wise person once said, “Do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do.” [read more]

31 January 2020 – Newsletter #03 – Juniors

As you know our focus for this term are our seven healthy habits. Habits that we can implement and encourage in our daily lives and how we can be the best version of ourselves, both in and out of school and the workplace.

For this week we looked at our second healthy habit, begin with the end in mind – “have a long term plan”. We are so quick to react and respond without thinking ahead, as a result we are never completely aware of the outcome.

encourage us to all try start planning ahead, think about where it is we want to go and what it is we would like to achieve at the end. Remember it’s not how we start something, it’s how we end. [read more]

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