In assembly this week Miss Barton spoke about setting goals and that a goal without a plan is just a wish.
If we set goals, we need to take initiative even if it is just taking one small step towards it, at the end of
the day it’s one step closer to filling our goals. We need to put in work and effort into the goals that we
want to achieve. If we get stuck or need assistance, there is always someone in our life who can help us.
All we need to do it ask.
Grade R news
The Grade R’s have settled nicely back into the school routine and are ecstatic to be reunited with their
friends. They have definitely grown taller over the holidays and louder too. 😊 The Gr R’s have been very
busy. From making dinosaur feet, to doing science experiments, to doing make and bake and Show &
Tell. They are having a load of fun!
The following story that I’ll be sharing with you is about the importance of being different.
Gillian is a seven-year-old girl who cannot sit in school. She continually gets up, gets distracted, flies
with thoughts, and doesn’t follow lessons. Her teachers worry about her, punish her, scold her, reward
the few times that she is attentive, but nothing. Gillian does not know how to sit and cannot be attentive.
When she comes home, her mother punishes her too. So not only does she Gillian have bad grades
and punishment at school, but she also suffers from them at home.
One day, Gillian’s mother is called to the school. The teachers speak of illness, of an obvious disorder,
“Maybe it is hyperactivity” or “maybe she needs a medication?”
During the interview an older teacher arrives who knows the little girl. He asks all the adults, other and
colleagues to follow him into the adjoining room from where she can still be seen. As he leaves, he tells
Gillian that they will be back soon and turns on an old radio with music.
As the girl is alone in the room, she immediately gets up and begins to move up and down chasing the
music in the air with her feet and her heart. The teacher smiles as the colleagues and the mother look at
him between confusion and compassion, as is often done with the old. So, he says: “See? Gillian is not
sick; Gillian is a dancer!” He recommends that her mother take her to a dance class and that her
colleagues make her dance from time to time.
She attends her first lesson and when she gets home, she tells her mother: “Everyone is like me, no
one can sit there!”
In 1981, after a career as a dancer, owner of her own dance academy and receiving international
recognition for her art, Gillian Lynne became the choreographer of the musical “Cats”.
Hopefully all “different” children find adults capable of welcoming them for who they are and not for what