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.”
Even though a report is a reflection on what a learner has achieved, please take in mind, that those marks are not a reflection on what he/she will achieve one day. With Albert Einstein not getting accepted for high school, J.K. Rowling not at University and Steven Spielberg not at film school (all because they grades were too low). That did not terminate their dreams to success! Even Michael Jordan wasn’t chosen for his university’s basketball team, and Oprah Winfrey was fired at her job as she was “unfit for television”. Please support your child, regardless of his/her report, as greatness does not depend on a school report!
A note from the vice principal, Madelein Luttig
When our goal is to instill positive traits in our children, we often don’t want to rely on material rewards. If you are like me, I want my son to do the right thing because it’s the right thing. I don’t want him to go through life with a what’s-in-it-for-me attitude. In some cases, like performing household chores, it can be appropriate to offer pocket money rewards. It’s important for our children to learn that to earn money, you must work and fulfill your obligations. However, I also want my son to learn that there are many things in life that can bring us joy that has nothing to do with money. Relationships, freedom and self-care provide many benefits that can not be purchased. Here are a few ideas that you could use. A reward coupon for kids, a reward jar or a daily routine sticker chart all great ideas. Here are some ideas of things that could be printed or written on your coupons: A sleepover party for up to 3 friends, staying up 30 minutes past bed time, Dinner of your choice, Movie night-you pick the movie, getting out of one chore, Building a blanket fort, Game night or maybe a Pajama Day!
These will make it just that little bit easier to reinforce good behaviour.
Enjoy your weekend.
Primary School Staff
Just a big thank you to all our learners for their good behaviour during the first week of the exams!! It is such a pleasure to have and teach children who are respectful and who listen to the rules. Please always remember that the rules are there to protect each and every learner, teacher and support staff member. Well done Riverside.
8 Ways to communicate without Social Media
Get off your phones and tablets, and experience life right at home with these meaningful ways to exchange messages.
Remind your kids how much they are loved with surprise notes in their lunch boxes. They’ll love receiving well-wishes on upcoming tests.
Be the “cool Mom” and finally let your kids draw on the walls!
Birthday and holiday cards are great, but nothing makes you feel as special as a spontaneous hand-written letter.
Host a family game night to really get your kids talking. They’ll enjoy letting their competitive sides show, and you’ll love the quality family time.
Keep all your important notes in one place with a central family message board.
We could talk for hours over our favourite books.
Cook a Meal:
Actions go a long way in a relationship, so tell someone you love them with more than just words. Spend some time together in the kitchen slicing, dicing, and chopping.
If a photo is worth a thousand words, a photo album must be a novel. Spend time flipping through old family pictures to remember favourite vacations or important milestones.
A message from our Principal – Mr. D Swart
There is always so much going on around us while we are at work, at home, in the gym, in the supermarket… these thoughts, feelings; ideas bombard us all the time. Then we still have to mention and add to this, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Instagram – just to mention a few of the modern day distractions. All these applications and programs also demand a space in our minds and suddenly there is just no time or space for conventional things such as family, cooking or hobbies of any kind. What is worse is that our children are just as distracted by these same vices and then we ask why they are performing so poorly at school? Gosh, why are our children hurting one another? Why are youngsters so hell bent on drinking and abusing drugs?
Maybe it is time to put your devices down for a while and parent your children the old fashioned way; by spending time actually talking to them and not at them! Maybe it is time to actually listen to what they are saying and not just respond in the appropriate spaces with a grunt or a pre-recorded noise.
Maybe you want to impose boundaries while they are young and not wait until they become totally defiant as teenagers?
Perhaps you are asking yourself right now; what does he know about my child and my parenting style? Maybe nothing, but I am the man standing in front of the classroom everyday looking at the faces of children who are feeling lost, alone and confused about what is expected of them, because their mom and dad are pre-occupied with their own issues and not “available” to give them guidance and support…
Sometimes we feel discouraged in our day to day lies. We often feel that we will not be able to meet a deadline, feel ready for an exam or in our social lives. We forget that we, ourselves are powerful beings and just believing in yourself and your abilities can ultimately change our way of thinking about ourselves. “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself! “– The Minds Journal
Obligations rob us of our playfulness, being silly with our kids when the opportunity presents itself is wonderful, but how many times do we ignore or push off those chances? During this week, I saw a dad drop off his son for school, they had a special handshake and it made me think that we should all grab a chance to be playful and meaningful with our young children, as they grow up so quickly. Play does not just benefit our children, it benefits us as
A note from the vice principal, Madelein Luttig
well. Being silly helps relieve stress and resets priorities when they are not in focus. Experts advice setting time a side almost daily to play with our children. Here are some ideas on things you might want to do with your child: 1. Grab ice cream or a special treat, my own son loves, when I pick him up, after school, and I just say to him: “Let’s go for milkshake!” It is a special time, for the two of us, to talk and not to think about homework or chores. 2. Go for a walk together 3. Tickle your children 4. Have a dance party. 5 Take silly selfies 6. Play hide and seek 7. Play chase in the garden or a park 8. Have a picnic. 9. Colour with sidewalk chalk 10. Go on a bike ride. The list could go on! These activities do not break the bank, however the bond that they create between parent and child, will last a life time.
I’m special. In all the world there’s nobody like me.
Since the beginning of time, there has never been another person like me.
Nobody has my smile; nobody has my eyes, my nose, and my voice. I’m special.
No one can be found who has my handwriting.
Nobody anywhere has my taste – for food or music or art. No one sees things just as I do.
In all of time there’s been no one who laughs like me, no one who cries like me. And what makes me laugh and cry will never provoke identical laughter and tears from anybody else, ever.
No one reacts to any situation just as I would react. I’m special.
I’m the only one in all of creations who has my set of abilities. There will always be somebody who is better at one of the things I’m good at, but no one in the universe can reach the quality of my combination of talents, ideas, abilities and feelings. Like a roomful of musical instruments, some may excel alone, but none can match the symphony sound when all are played together. I’m a symphony.
Through all of eternity no one will ever look, talk, think or do like me. I’m rare.
Because of my great rare value, I need not attempt to imitate others, I will accept – yes celebrate – my differences.
I’m special. And I’m beginning to realize it’s no accident that I’m special.
I’m one out of a million! Mr Cronje
Whether you are young or old, it is always important to be respectful towards others. This week we encouraged the learners to show respect by being kind and considerate to each other and their teachers. To many, respect is about being helpful, understanding and polite towards everyone. The learners also learnt the importance of respecting themselves by facing challenges with a positive attitude and taking care of their mind and body. Remember to always treat others as you would like them to treat you.