From the Principal

How wealthy are you?

There was a boy, whose family was very wealthy. One day his father took him on a trip to the country, where he aimed to show his son, how poor people live. So they arrived to a farm of a very poor family, as he considered. They spend several days there. On their return, the father asked his son, did he like the trip.

“Oh, it was great, Dad,” the boy replied.

“Did you notice, how poor people live?”

“Yeah, I did,” said the boy. The father asked his son to tell in more details about his impressions from their trip“.

“Well, we have only one dog, and they have four of them. In our garden there is a pool, while they have a river that has no end. We‘ve got expensive lanterns, but they have stars above their heads at night. We have the patio, and they have the whole horizon. We have only a small piece of land, while they have the endless fields. We buy food, but they grow it. We have a high fence for protection of our property, and they don‘t need it, as their friends protect them”

The father was stunned, he could not say a word.

Then the boy added, “Thank you, Dad, for letting me see how poor we are.”

True wealth and happiness are not measured by materials things. Love, friendship and freedom are far more valuable. I know I will be re-focusing my priorities. Will you?

Some tips for helping your child have a successful end-of-term

I came across some great ideas recently whilst wading through some old files. Sometimes it’s the ‘old tried and true’ methods, which abounded during our childhood, that stand the test of time. I hope you find them useful.

Help your child get organised. Instead of doing everything for your child, encourage them to be active in the organisation process. Let your child experience the ease of being able to find things, the joy of being on time, and the sense of control that organisation will bring.

Plan ahead so mornings go smoothly. There is an old saying, “well begun is half done,” and it certainly is true about getting off to school. Start planning the night before by making sure your child gets enough rest. A slightly earlier bedtime may make a big difference to your child’s ability to function in the morning. Have your child lay out clothes before bed, and put everything else needed for school in the backpack. It is a good idea to have your child put the backpack right on top of his/her shoes, so he/she can’t leave the house without it.

Help your child keep up with work. Share a tip from time-management experts: break tasks into manageable parts, and do one at a time until the job is finished.

Get a handle on homework. Provide a place for your child to do homework, and make sure your child has the necessary supplies. Keep things like pencils, paper, ruler and coloured markers all together in a pencil box or shoe box to save time looking around when doing homework. Set a time to do homework. Some families like to do homework right after school, while others prefer doing it after dinner. Whatever you decide, find what works for everyone in your family, then stick to it as often as possible. Don’t forget to read!

Keep track of important notes from school. Here’s an easy way: the minute your child gets home, stick the note on the refrigerator or magnetic bulletin board. It won’t get lost in a pile of papers, and it won’t succumb to the “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” syndrome, either.

Try some offbeat ways to entice your child to read. Use a current film as a starting point to encourage your child to dip into the book it is based on. Or help your child to write a letter to the author of a favourite book. (Send it to the publisher – most authors are good about replying to letters from children.) Do all you can to foster your child’s love of reading. Video games are fun, but they don’t develop vocabulary and language skills the way reading does.

Take a critical look at your child’s activities. Be careful that screen time does not take up lots of time – especially during the week. Ensure that there is a balance of inside and outside activity.

Remember the power of praise. Let it work its magic to motivate your child. Displaying a child’s best work is a form of praise. Add a special touch to an especially good piece of work by having it laminated. (You can do it yourself with clear contact paper.)

Celebrate your child’s effort and attitude as successes, no matter how small. Learning is not always easy for children, and sometimes their progress may be measured in very small steps – and particularly the attitude and effort they put in rather than the outcome or result itself. When your child does master a new skill through hard work, effort and attitude, rejoice together.

Maintain consistent rules and approaches at home. Irrespective of what you believe to be important values in your home, maintaining a clear set of ‘expectations’ in line with your beliefs and values is important for stability in your child. Whilst this can be hard to stick to, it remains important to do so in order to send clear and consistent messages of expectations to your child. You could even try aligning your expectations with that of our school.

Our 6 Rs are as follows: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Random-Acts-of-Kindness and Rigour and Relationships.

Thank you for working in partnership with us.

Grace and Peace

Chris Mallett