Newsletter – Nr.16 – 28 May 2021 – Seniors

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 did not 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.”

 Moral of the story:  Control your anger, and don’t say things to people in the heat of the moment, that you may later regret. Some things in life, you are unable to take back. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.15 – 21 May 2021 – Seniors

The following is an extraction of a poem that was written by W E Henley at a time in his life when he felt depressed after loosing one of his legs. He finds himself in mental and physical agony and tries to lift up his courage.

INVICTUS

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how straight the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

The word Invictus is a Latin word meaning unconquerable or undefeated. It reminds us that life is not easy and that we should find courage in times of defeat, and not loose our dignity despite the indignities that life sometimes holds before us. When we find ourselves in dark situations, when we start to lose hope, when life overwhelms us, we must remind ourselves that the answer lies deep in ourselves. Like the phoenix that rises from the dead, we too need to rise above our challenges.   Others are not responsible for our lives. We are the masters of our own fate. We are the captains of our lives. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.15 – 21 May 2021 – Juniors

We need to remember that we should put the important things first. We can get so easily distracted by the little things that it consumes our lives, and we neglect the important things. We need to have faith in ourselves and what we are capable of. We need to be kind to ourselves and what we do. Believe in yourself and what you put out there. We encourage our learners with the following; If you ever feel like quitting, think about why you started in the first place. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.14 – 14 May 2021 – Seniors

Respect your parents in their old age.

After his father’s death, a son decided to leave his mother at an old age home and visited her on and off. Once he received a call from the old age home….” Your mom is serious please come and visit her.” So, the son went and saw that his mom was critical and on her dying bed. He asked: Mom what can I do for you? Mom replied: “Please install fans at the old age home, as there are none. Also put in a fridge so they can keep better food because many times I slept without food”.  The son was surprised and asked his mom: Mom, while you were here you never complained, but now that you have a few hours left and you are telling me all of this, why?

Mom replied: It is OK dear, I have managed with the heat and the hunger pains, but when your children send you here, I am afraid you will not be able to manage!

“Love our parents and treat them with loving care for you will only know their value when you see their empty chair….” [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.14 – 14 May 2021 – Juniors

Things are not always what they seem, and we experience things that affect and shape the way we act and behave towards each other. This week we encouraged our learners to think before they speak and how to tell the difference between being funny and being hurtful. Something insignificant to us, may be very hurtful to others and we need to be aware of what we say and how we say it. Being kind and considerate does not cost anything.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind” – Unknown.

“Try to be the rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.13 – 07 May 2021 – Juniors

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]

Newsletter – Nr.13 – 07 May 2021 – Seniors

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]

Newsletter – Nr.12 – 30 April 2021 – Seniors

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]

Newsletter – Nr.12 – 30 April 2021 – Juniors

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]

Newsletter – Nr.11 – 23 April 2021 – Juniors

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!

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