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 – 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]

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]

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