Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting. This week’s message and challenge to our learners was to share ‘goodness.’ We encouraged our learners to be kind, mindful and to try and make someone’s day, even if it was just giving a small compliment. That small compliment could change their whole day. Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people. #ShareTheGoodness [read more]
It doesn’t matter if you are a learner, an educator, a parent, an adolescent, or a community member. Everyone has a role in the prevention of school bullying, and most people have directly or indirectly participated in, witnessed, or experienced some form of bullying in schools.
There are several types of bullying to know about, and different ways that educators, schools, and parents can help stop bullying at school.
Bullying must meet certain requirements to be considered bullying. These are: malintent, imbalance of power, distress, and provocation. School bullying may occur either in schools, on campus, or outside of school, but it is due to relationships created in school settings.
Those who have experienced bullying can have low self-esteem which can lead to depression. Some victims of bullying have physical and/or emotional distress as a result of school bullying. Adolescents who were bullied are more likely to develop depression in adulthood.
It is hard on a parent to find out their child is being bullied but know that you can do something about it. Children should know from an early age what effect their behaviour has on others. They should be taught to see others’ perspectives to help them understand other people emotionally. Bullying in schools is a tough issue to tackle, but if schools, parents, and learners all commit to stopping and preventing bullying, it can be stopped. [read more]
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.
Many people loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
A peasant then came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.
The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
The moral of the story is that every obstacle we come across in life gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and whilst the lazy complain, the others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done. [read more]
This week we celebrated Freedom Day. It is not just another public holiday, it’s the day our beautiful country changed for the better. It is the day democracy and justice prevailed and the sacrifices and courage of the people of South Africa were finally heard.
Freedom Day is a reminder that we all can make a difference in our amazing country, no matter how small it might be. And when we work together for a brighter future, we can shake the world. [read more]
Kindness – the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Being compassionate, polite and helpful are all associated with kindness. Being kind does not end with people. It should also be shown to nature and animals. One small act of kindness can make a big difference.
We are living in a world filled with so much negativity and hatred. We need to teach our youth to respect others and the world around them. Rather than looking for faults in everyone you meet, give them a compliment. It’s likely that a word of kindness will reciprocate. You should love thy neighbour and treat them the way you want to be treated. Respect and take care of the environment so that we can all enjoy the beauty of our world. [read more]
In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND!
I challenge you to commit…” A Random Act of Kindness” once a day, at least. An act of Kindness can change a person’s whole world depending on their state of mind. Here are some practical examples: Smile or greet one person you do not know, help someone cross the road, pay for someone’s groceries, buy the person behind you in the queue a sweet or chocolate. Tell someone at your place of work to have a fabulous day (and mean it). Acts of Kindness become infectious. It might even possibly change your mood for the day. You automatically become more positive.
Start with being grateful for waking up and take it from there. Positivity begets positivity. AND, don’t give up. Keep committing a “Random Act of Kindness” every day for 21 days in a row and it will surely become a habit. I hope you are feeling more positive after reading this [read more]
The term has started at a good pace and is progressing well. Our learners have settled and are working hard towards the next target, namely the June exams. These are our formal exams which will cover both Term 1 and Term 2 work. It is important that all tasks and assignments are well done and handed in on time in order for us to get the best return on our hard work. Our learners need to work consistently at reaching the goals that they have set for themselves.
Our exam dates will be shared with learners and parents shortly, but we can expect the exams to take place from around the 31st of May to the 15th of June. Time is of the essence and we cannot afford to waste any time. We need to set up those study programs, cut down on social activities over weekends, and set aside the time needed for studying.
If any of our learners are having a difficult time knowing how to study, how to organize their time efficiently, or feel overwhelmed please do not let them hesitate to come and see me so that we can find a way of helping them. [read more]
What does it mean to be a hero?
Does it mean that a person should put on a cape, wear a mask, and prowl at night to fight crime when no one else will? Or does it mean that you need to be bitten by a radioactive spider, have the ability to summon lightning at will, or perhaps fly?
When you hear the word “hero”, you automatically think of the kinds of heroes who have powers or incredible amounts of money that could buy them all the gadgets they could ever want. However, it should not have to be this way.
Heroes are people who help someone up when they have fallen, instead of laughing at them fall. Heroes are people who share their lunch with someone who did not have enough food to eat that day. Heroes are people who speak a kind word to someone who has had a bad day. To be a hero means to recognise that someone needs something, and to do something about it.[read more]
It is the end of the term and time for you and your children to put away the schoolbooks and just relax for a little while. It is time for our learners to reflect on what has happened this past term and on what they would like to see happen in the future months. It is time to celebrate their successes and let go of all their failures. It is time to just be, to rest, to reflect, and to dream.
What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to see yourself by the end of next term? How would you like to feel when you open your next report?
These little things seem very trivial right now, but our children are going to see their importance at some point in their life.
My personal motto in life is: If I can think it, I can achieve it! What is your motto for your life?
How do you face the future and plan to be all that you can be? You do realize your future has very little to do with anyone else…it is all up to you and what you dream your life to be. It is about finding the picture that fits you and your needs and when you have that picture in your mind then you go ahead and work towards fulfilling that dream. You have everything you need to achieve your dreams on the inside, just go inward and you will find your answers. [read more]
Thank goodness for long weekends and holidays! It is time to relax a little and just simply breathe. On the Christian calendar, we celebrate Easter, which is symbolic of new life. With new life we have hope.
An egg of any type allows us that feeling of hope just before we break it open, whether it is for cooking or munching purposes. Hope is a word we have held on to and it has gotten us this far in 2021. It is a time of reflection and a time to be reminded of just how far we have come.
Here are some mottos to memorise as we tackle the second quarter of the year:
- The past can’t be changed.
- Everyone’s journey is different.
- Happiness is found within.
- Smiles are contagious.
- Kindness is free.
- Things always get better with time.
- It’s okay to let go and move on.
“The Mind’s Journal”
Enjoy the time with family and friends. Keep Hope alive. Happy Easter to our Christian families. [read more]