Newsletter – Nr.24 – 20 August July 2021 – Juniors

The past couple of months have brought along its own challenges and we had to learn to adjust to these new challenges and find our way in the new norm. Some of us adjusted quite quickly, whereas others found it more challenging. Change can be considered a good thing, it only depends on how you CHOOSE to look at the situation. It is always a choice (your choice) whether you want the outcome of change to be positive or negative. When you change the way you think, you change the outcome of the situation.

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller  [read more]

 

Newsletter – Nr.24 – 20 August July 2021 – Seniors

My little chat today is all about having an “ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE”.  What do I mean by this you ask… What is the difference between attitude and gratitude?  As nouns, the difference between attitude and gratitude is that attitude is the position of the body or way of carrying oneself; posture, while gratitude is the state of being grateful.

Why gratitude is the best attitude?

Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. many people need to feel that their true value is being recognized.

What are the characteristics of gratitude?

Indeed, many of the specific characteristic adaptations of gratitude may be characterised as prosocial:  grateful people trust others, they help others, they have empathy for others, and they forgive others and do not hold grudges [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.23 – 13 August July 2021 – Seniors

In a society in which people are expected to work long hours and pass on vacation days, there is an underlying belief that we must always be productive – which can ultimately take away from opportunities for self-care.

But by taking some time out to engage in self-care, you may relieve the pressures of everyday life and reset yourself to get back to a healthy point where productivity is once again maximized.

Considering the costs associated with mental health services, lost wages and more, spending some time on yourself may ultimately benefit everyone.

Burning the candle at both ends, so-to-speak, comes with significant consequences, which may include but are not limited to burnout, depression, anxiety, resentment, and a whole host of other negative implications.

Engaging in a self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate anxiety and depression, reduce stress, improve concentration, minimize frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy, and more.

From a physical health perspective, self-care has been clinically proven to reduce heart disease, stroke and cancer. Spiritually, it may help keep us in tune with our higher power as well as realize our meaning in life. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.23 – 13 August July 2021 – Juniors

In light of Women’s Month, I want to take a moment to show appreciation to the amazing teachers in the Primary School. Each one of these ladies try their best to show love, patience, dedication, and support to every learner at our school.

We see the potential in each learner and encourage them to work hard and believe in themselves, regardless of how difficult the situation is. Having someone believe in you gives you the confidence to believe in yourself and to face any obstacle you come across.

With support from the teachers, parents, and guardians, anything is possible. Believe in yourself, we know you can achieve anything you set your mind to. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.21 – 06 August July 2021 – Juniors

One day a frog decided to reach for the top of a tree. All the frogs shouted ‘It’s impossible, It’s impossible…’ Still the frog reached the top… How? Because he was deaf and he thought that everyone was encouraging him to reach for the top.

But in order to be able to go against such odds, we first need to believe in ourselves. In the story above, our deaf frog really believed he could do it once he DECIDED to climb a tree. And that belief which he had in HIMSELF, made the criticism and disbelief of the frogs below appear as the support to keep on going.

He believed so realistically in his ability to climb a tree that he assumed they must be cheering for him because he was certain that they do believe in him as well. That’s the power of having a strong belief, it turns everything into a steppingstone to keep moving forward.

Have a deaf ear to the obstacles and negative comments, rather use them as motivation to achieve your goals. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.21 – 06 August July 2021 – Seniors

The Olympic Games are currently being held in Tokyo, Japan. From all over the world people are glued to their tv’s or other devices to see if their favorite athlete is going to win the gold medal.

For two weeks, people forget their differences and experience a sense of patriotism. Young and old, black and white, wealthy and poor. We all have a common objective, and that is to support our fellow countryman to achieve the highest accolade that the sporting world has to offer. The Gold medal at an Olympic Games.

The Olympic Games also reminds us that success does not come easy. It takes preparation, planning, and sacrifice to become the best athlete.

Success in life and at school can be viewed in the same way. To achieve your goals, you need to be well prepared, you need to have a plan and you need to make sacrifices.  While you are on this road to success don’t forget to enjoy what you are doing. [read more]

 

Newsletter – Nr.20 – 30 July 2021 – Seniors

Welcome back to Term 3.  We know we are still facing uncertainty in terms of the Covid 19 pandemic, and we know that there is fear and apprehension around sending our children back to school, but we are looking forward to a happy and successful term, with great results achieved by all.

The Elephant Rope (Belief)

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains.

All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs. Newsletter – Nr.20 – 30 July 2021 – Seniors 1

As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all. Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.

The trainer replied……

“When they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible. [read more]

 

Newsletter – Nr.20 – 30 July 2021 – Juniors

As we all know a new term means a new beginning, a fresh start for us all. Maybe last term we weren’t as successful as we hoped to be or achieved our academic goals. This reminds me of a story of a scientist, who placed a shark and a few small fish in a tank together. As expected, the shark attacked and ate all the fish. The scientist then placed a fibreglass panel in between the shark and smaller fish, the shark tried to attack the fish but was unsuccessful.

The shark tried several times until it gave up. Then one day the scientist removed the glass panel, but the shark did not attack the fish, he believed that the panel was still there, and the fish swam freely. The moral of this story is that many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying.

Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and where we want to go.  Let this term, be the one where we remove all our old negative views about ourselves and build a new and more positive one. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.19 – 18 June 2021 – Juniors

We made it through another term during this tough, uncertain time. It has been a long, busy term with all its different activities, but we all came out on the other end.

Our learners have been stars as they were the ones who put in the hard work to do assessments to show what they have got.

A big thanks to all the parents for taking the time and energy to help their children get through the assessment weeks. Thank you for getting them to school and playing an important role in their education.

Our learners can now go relax during their well-deserved holiday. Please stay safe and healthy so that we can all see each other again in the new term. [read more]

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