Newsletter – Nr.36 – 26th of November 2021 – Seniors

The Story:

When walking through an elephant camp, a man noticed that the elephants were only secured with a small rope that was tied around one ankle. He wondered why the elephants didn’t break free from the rope, as the elephants were certainly strong enough to do so.

He asked a trainer why the elephants didn’t try to break free, and the trainer responded by saying that they use the same size rope for baby elephants all the way up to adulthood. Because they’re too small when they’re babies to break free from the rope, they grow up being conditioned that the rope is stronger than they are. As adults, they think the rope can still hold them, so they don’t try to fight it. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.36 – 26th of November 2021 – Juniors

It is that time of the year where we are just trying our best to make it to the end. To keep you motivated, read this short story to help you stay positive:

During the gold rush, a man who had been mining in Colorado for several months quit his job, as he hadn’t struck gold yet and the work was becoming tiresome.  He sold his equipment to another man who resumed mining where it had been left off. The new miner was advised by his engineer that there was gold only three feet away from where the first miner stopped digging. The engineer was right, which means the first miner was a mere three feet away from striking gold before he quit.

When things start to get hard, try to persevere through the hardship. Many people give up on following their dreams because the work becomes too difficult, tedious, or tiresome – but often, you’re closer to the finish line than you may think, and if you push just a little harder, you will succeed. Keep going - the end of 2021 is almost here. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.35 – 19th of November 2021 – Juniors

Two young frogs fell into a bucket of milk. Both tried to jump to freedom, but the sides of the bucket were steep, and no foundation was to be had on the surface of the liquid. Seeing little chance of escape, the first frog soon despaired and stopped jumping. After a short while, he sunk to the bottom of the bucket and drowned.

 

The second frog also saw no likelihood of success, but he never stopped trying. Even though each jump seemed to reach the same inadequate height, he kept on struggling. Eventually, his persistent efforts churned some milk into butter. From the now hardened surface of the milk, he managed to leap out of the bucket.

 

Success is not easy. In order to be successful in whatever task you set yourself, you need to have perseverance. Perseverance takes a lot of work. The more you persevere, the harder it gets. Good things are never had without the hard work that we put behind them. You reap what you sow.

 

Keep this lesson in mind over the next two weeks of revision and exams. Those who don’t give up and are willing to put in the hard work when the going gets tough are in for a pleasant surprise. You never know what you are capable of until you try, try and try again. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.35 – 19th of November 2021 – Seniors

Blind men and an elephant

A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: "We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable".

So, they sought it out, and when they found it, they used their hands to feel the strange animal. The first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said, "This being is like a thick snake".

For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan. As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree-trunk.

The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said the elephant, "is a wall". Another who felt its tail, described it as a rope. The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear.

The men began to disagree with one another and believed that they were correct while the other blind men were lying which made them more annoyed.

A passerby heard the commotion and came to investigate the source of the noise and they found the blind men standing in front of the elephant arguing about what they think it looks like.

The passerby then told the men that they were all right AND wrong because they were each only able to visualize parts of the elephant but not the full animal. The individual stated that each of the blind men’s statements about the elephant were correct but only described a small section of the large animal which influenced how they saw it.

So, what is the moral of the story? The blind men were very quick to make an assumption about what the elephant looks like even though they had only felt a small section of it. They refused to listen to the opinions and observations of their fellow men and believed that the sections they interacted with were the true depiction of an elephant.

These types of interactions can be seen regularly in daily life, but only once a person is sure that they have interacted with a substantial amount of a specific topic or object can they make an informed observation about it. They also shouldn’t be too quick to discredit another person’s perspective about a topic just because they have a different interpretation. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.33 – 5th of November 2021 – Seniors

An 87-Year-Old College Student Named Rose
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze. “Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”
“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. “I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me. After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me. Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. At the end of the semester, we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”
As we laughed, she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything, I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
Have no regrets.
The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”
She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
We make a Living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.33 – 5th of November 2021 – Juniors

“Whatever the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

As a parent, no one knows your child and their potential, better than you do! The better you know and understand your child, the more you can help them achieve their greatest potential.

It is important to always encourage children to dream big and help them along their journey in achieving these big dreams. The quote above is a beautiful reminder that everyone has the ability to achieve amazing things if we put our minds to it! [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.32 – 29th of October 2021 – Juniors

This week, Mrs. Menton gave the learners a wonderful lesson about friendship and how important friendship is. It is important to always trust in your friends and to communicate with them through any difficulties and conflicts that might arise. When you think only about yourself and your needs, then you can not only hurt your friends and their friends but there are also other people whose feelings are hurt as a consequence that may not even be part of your conflict. We hope that the learners will take this message and be the best friends they could possibly be! [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.32 – 29th of October 2021 – Seniors

Once upon a time, a man found a butterfly that was starting to hatch from its cocoon. He sat down and watched the butterfly for hours as it struggled to force itself through a tiny hole. Then, it suddenly stopped making progress and looked like it was stuck.

The man decided to help the butterfly out. He took a pair of scissors and cut off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily although it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man thought nothing of it, and he sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. However, that never happened. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with small wings and a swollen body.

Despite the man’s kind heart, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small hole were the way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare itself for flying once it was free.

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength. Without struggles, we never grow and never get stronger, so it’s important for us to tackle challenges on our own, and not be relying on help from others.

One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. [read more]

Newsletter – Nr.31 – 22nd of October 2021 – Seniors

One day Albert Einstein wrote on the board

9x1=9
9x2=18
9x3=27
9x4=36
9x5=45
9x6=54
9x7=63
9x8=72
9x9=81
9x10=91

In class everyone laughed at him because of the mistake at the end. Albert Einstein waited until everyone was silent and explained:

Although I answered the first 9 questions correctly, nobody congratulated me, but when I made a mistake, everyone laughed at me. That means that despite our many successes society will note our smallest mistake and enjoy it.

Don’t let simple criticism destroy your dreams. Only those who do nothing make no mistakes.

We live in difficult times. Life is hard. Bad news is the order of the day. It is easy to give up when it seems that nothing is going your way.

Hope is the light that defeats this darkness, Hope of a brighter tomorrow. Continue to do your best, continue to work hard, continue to believe. [read more]

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