Kia Ora Koutou
I had to remind myself that it is only the end of the 4th week of the first term – so breathe!
Mindfulness is about being in the moment, so worrying about what might happen can be minimized by planning. Equally the future has not happened yet, so becoming anxious about it can be wasted energy. I also cannot change the past so sinking into what has happened uses up more positive energy. Perhaps we could best use the past experience to make now even better.
It has been a hive of activity on campus this week.
On Wednesday we hosted Debate teams from all the Wairarapa Secondary schools in a day of Moots and Arguments. Not trying to push you into debating but apart from simply being fun, it does have the following benefits:
• Improves critical thinking skills.
• Helps with poise, speech delivery, and public speaking skills.
• Increases retention of information learned.
• Improves listening, note-taking skills and increases self-confidence.
• Enhances teamwork skills and collaboration.
• Great for confidence to stand up for the truth when a discussion is promoting falsehoods or inaccuracies.
• Helps with learning better ways to graciously state one’s point with gentleness.
• Helps students identify holes in their theories and concocting more balanced arguments.
• Helps students to better structure their thoughts.
On Wednesday and Thursday, we hosted Fernridge in our school pool for their swimming sports. It is always great to be able to help when we are in a position to do so.
Today we will have welcomed our own whanau to be with us for the Athletics. Thank you for joining us.
This initiative started last year with year 9, as a way of growing social connections between the parents of that cohort. It continues this year in year 10 and they have had their first successful gathering.
The year 9 parent cohort meet socially next Friday at the school pool to start building those connections.
Ultimately all these intiatives and events are about our children being at the heart of the matter so bring me those fresh ideas.
Have a safe weekend, remember those golden rules around hygiene, use the COVID Tracer app, and be your best selves.