Recently we teachers have had some fantastic professional development from Dr Michael Lindsay, and he touched on a few things I had been thinking and talking about with numerous people. One of them is failure. It is interesting topic to discuss – I have met people to whom failure of a task or goal is taken personally and they let it rock their self worth and begin to dislike themselves. I have met others to whom failure rolls off them, like water off a ducks back, and they immediately dismiss it and try again. I have seen children who let being stumped by a task ruin their day, and others who happily try again.
Putting together the bits and pieces that I have heard and read, I think that it is what you do with failure that is important. I also think it is closely linked with disappointment, and children (and adults) need to know how to cope with this, as disappointments in life are inevitable. Sometimes they are out of our control. With the right attitude, however, failure can be powerful – it can motivate and inspire, and drive adults and children to rise above situations and achieve amazing things. The list of people who have impacted the world and have had multiple failures is interesting. People like JK Rowling, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Michael Jordan are all on it. JK Rowling acknowledges that without failing as many times as she did, she would not have succeeded.
We have high expectations for our kids at RCS – this year the value we are focussing on is Excellence. Coupled with academic excellence and achieving their best, is excellence in attitude toward learning – without this you will never accomplish the former. So I guess that is where things like failure become important – learning not to let it hold us back, seeing learning as a journey, seeing mistakes as challenges to conquer. We encourage grit, practice, determination and perseverance – none of this is possible without a healthy attitude towards disappointments, mistakes and failures. Your children need your help with this, so at home take every opportunity to encourage them to stretch themselves and then problem solve when things donâ€™t go their way. Dr Michael Lindsay called this â€œfailing forwardâ€ – using it as an opportunity for personal growth and digging in, finding the grit to keep going.
Just as with learning and physical tasks, we need spiritual perseverance too. James (1:2-4) writes “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.â€
As Easter approaches, amidst the chocolate and celebration of Jesusâ€™ resurrection, it is also a great time for reflection. Make the most of it – I will be thinking about failing forward and how that looks in my life, and the grit that Jesus showed to ensure he followed his Fatherâ€™s will.
HAPPY BIRTHDAYClaire Yeo
Production Day: Saturday 7th April
We need lots and lots of willing hands to help roll (over 10,000) of these delicious winter wonders. Please don’t feel like you need to come for the whole day. All help is welcome no matter how big or small. We have also put up a volunteer form on the notice board at school if you would like to put your name on there. There will be yummy snacks for our hard working volunteers on the day. The playground and sandpit will be available for children to play and a room with entertainment will also be available. This is a wonderful way of getting to know more parents and always turns out to be a really fun day, not to mention the sense of accomplishment when you realise how many hundreds of cheese rolls you’ve made!! We hope to see you all there.
If you can’t make it on the day but would still like to help, how about dropping off some baking or soup for our volunteers on the day to nourish them.
Please make sure all payment has been paid into PCG Bank Account.
Peanut Allergy Information
Further to the email sent last week, we would like to clarify a few things about the information sent.
It is only a Peanut allergy, other nuts like hazelnuts and cashew nuts are ok. It is when peanut is the main ingredient that we ask our RCS whanau to be careful when packing their child’s lunchboxes. Traces of nuts are ok. We thank you for your consideration.
Are you thinking of purchasing Long Pants for winter? Please advise Cristene asap, stocks are low, so we are gauging interest if we need to purchase more, if the demand is high.Monday & Thursday 9-2pm or via email, for new or second hand uniforms. Ask about our layby option.
Tuesday 3rd April – No School. Easter Extra Long Weekend – please note that schools also have the Tuesday off.
Saturday 7th April – Cheeseroll production Day – Please allow for a 3 hour shift.
Friday 13 April – End of Term 1
Monday 30 April – Start of Term 2
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