Newsletter – Nr.29 – 22nd of September 2021 – Juniors

Our Primary school learners have worked hard this term and we are so proud of all of them. Even in these difficult times they still manage to amaze me, with their positive attitudes and never give up mentality. I hope to see the same dedication and motivation next term.

Enjoy your holiday, you all deserve every fun-filled minute of it. And remember- “Your biggest commitment must always be to yourself (Bridgett Devoue). So, take care of yourself this holiday and stay safe. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.29 – 22nd of September 2021 – Seniors

When it comes to patience, can’t we all use a little more of it?  I find I have patience with some people and situations, but not all. How patient are you?  I’ve heard it said that patience is a virtue. Why?

Patience is a virtue because it makes us better people. The definition of the word is to tolerate delay. This implies self-control and forbearance as opposed to wanting what we want when we want it. How many times have we jumped the gun and found out it would have been better to tolerate delay or had self-control? What did we miss out on? Did we hurt someone we love?

Patience reduces stress levels and results in better decision-making. The chances of making a big mistake lessen because you avoid making it in haste.  It also helps to develop understanding, empathy, and compassion. Patient people take the time to process what they go through and can determine what it takes to overcome obstacles.

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? –Shakespeare [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.28 – 17th of September 2021 – Juniors

We all know the story of the jar being filled with rocks, pebbles and sand. I believe it can teach us a valuable lesson. The story goes like this: a professor entered the classroom with a jar, rocks, pebbles and sand. With the students watching him, he filled the jar with rocks. He asked them if the jar was full and they all nodded. He added the pebbles and shook the jar which allowed the pebbles to go through the gaps in between the rocks. He asked them the same question and again they responded that the jar is full. He then poured the sand in the jar which filled all the tiny gaps between the rocks and pebbles.

He explained that this is how you should prioritise your life. The rocks are like your family, the pebbles are like your career and the sand is the least important or the unnecessary things. If you were to put the sand in the jar first, there would be no space for the rocks or pebbles.

You should decide what your priorities in life are and focus on these things rather than wasting your time and efforts on unnecessary things in life. Let’s put the rocks in our jars first and do the things that matter. Spend more time with your loved ones and take interest in each other’s lives and well-being. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.28 – 17th of September 2021 – Seniors

Control Your Temper (Anger)

There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.

On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.

The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased.  He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.

Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

“You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.” [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.27 – 10th of September 2021 – Juniors

Every day the world is developing. We have seen governments and ordinary citizens become more respectful of people’s needs, more aware of inclusivity, and more aware of celebrating one another’s differences. We hold people more accountable for what they do, and increasingly more than ever, for what they say.

The more respectful and kinder the world becomes, the better it will be for all of us to live in. Kindness towards each other, kindness towards our environment, and a sense of community are what we all need right now. Kind actions feel better than unkind ones. Respectful words feel good when we use them instead of harsh words. Being kind takes a lot of hard work, but the rewards are sweet for both parties involved.

Let us enter the weekend and the rest of the term with a heartless heavy and full of love and kindness towards our families, towards our friends, and towards our children. Be the kindness role models that your children so desperately need. Show them how it is done, regardless of the circumstances.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around – Leo Buscaglia.” [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.27 – 10th of September 2021 – Seniors

Once upon a time, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.26 – 3rd of September 2021 – Juniors

Ring a ding ding. It’s the third day of spring!

Yes, Spring arrived on Wednesday. With it comes the chance of renewal and revival.  As families, we need to be aware that other families have come through difficult times but have not necessarily admitted this to anyone. Let’s renew contact with other families within a safe space and just send a little something to them - A message, a pot plant, a flower. Life has changed and we need to accept the changes and revive and revitalise ourselves so that we welcome this Spring season with open arms. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.26 – 3rd of September 2021 – Seniors

There was once a company whose CEO was very strict and often disciplined the workers for their mistakes or perceived lack of progress. One day, as the employees came into work, they saw a sign on the door that read, “Yesterday, the person who has been holding you back from succeeding in this company passed away. Please gather for a funeral service in the assembly room.”

While the employees were saddened for the family of their CEO, they were also intrigued at the prospect of being able to now move up within the company and become more successful.” Upon entering the assembly room, many employees were surprised to see the CEO was, in fact, present. They wondered among themselves, “If it wasn’t him who was holding us back from being successful, who was it? Who has died?” One by one, the employees approached the coffin, and upon looking inside, each was quite surprised.

They didn’t understand what they saw. In the coffin, there was simply a mirror. So, when each employee looked in to find out who had been “holding them back from being successful” everyone saw themselves. Next to the mirror, there was a sign that read:  The only person who is able to limit your growth is you. You are the only person who can influence your success.

Your life changes when you break through your limiting beliefs and realize that you’re in control of your life. The most influential relationship you can have is the relationship you have with yourself. Now you know who has been holding you back from living up to your true potential. Are you going to keep allowing that person to hold you back? [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.25 – 27 August July 2021 – Juniors

“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want” – Ken Poirot

As we reach the middle of the Third Term, it is a time to reflect on what preparations have been done in order to ensure a successful remainder of the term.

The decisions and actions made today will directly influence what occurs tomorrow. It is important that the effects of those decisions are always positive. These decisions can only be made by you; therefore, it is important that each decision is made with “tomorrow” always in one’s mind. Every moment counts hence, make sure it counts in your favour! [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.25– 27 August July 2021 – Seniors

Do your children or students know how much you truly care?

I think we adults, (teachers and parents) sometimes take for granted that our students and children really understand the extent of our appreciation, our genuine desire for them to succeed, and the depths of our unconditional love for them.  As parents, we hope that our children understand we are their biggest cheerleaders in life, despite our job to discipline, set boundaries, and not be their best friend.  As teachers, we feel much the same.

We went into teaching because we wanted to make a difference.  Therefore, we want to see our students succeed.  Sometimes this message can get lost behind the routine of daily tasks, tests taken, etc.  While we aspire to maintain a peaceful classroom and home-life, (which may mean setting firm boundaries), we ultimately want our students and children to understand that we want nothing but the best for them.  We want to teach to them in a way that best serves them, and ultimately, we want to connect with them.  For once that connection has been made, trust is formed, and true success may be achieved. [read more]

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