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Newsletter 6 May 2016

MESSAGE FROM THE PREPARATORY HEADMASTER: GRAEME EDWARDS

Graeme Edwards 2

 Dear Parents, Staff and Boys,

Welcome back to term 2. We trust that the April holidays brought with them a time of rest, reflection and rejuvenation. Whilst the cooler air is becoming a topic of discussion, we look forward to a busy and exciting term. The highlight of the coming term will be the Jubilee week in June. Adding to that which has already been sent to you, please look out for further communication containing arrangements and details.

This newsletter marks the start of a new format. From today, one weekly newsletter for Grade 1-12 will be issued. Whilst information pertinent to the Prep School and College will be included, this format provides an opportunity to gain insight of the entire school. Please take a moment to note the varied and different facets of school life that contribute to the energy that is St David’s.

Whilst as parents and educators, we desire our children’s growth and development, the advantage of age and experience reminds us that they are vulnerable to the ‘dangers out there’. My attention was drawn to an article which critiqued the level to which we ‘bubble wrap’ our children. No parent purposefully places their children in danger, but do we ‘protect’ them from life to their detriment? When does protection, become over-protection, and when does over-protection become ‘bubble wrapping’? The article responds to these questions as follows:

As parents and teachers, it's our job to help the children we are blessed to have in our lives learn the lessons, that will ultimately see them one-day grow into functional well rounded adults, even the slightly painful lessons that will give them the skills, defences, self-knowledge, and sense of humour to cope with a world that contains risk and is not under parental control.

I propose that immunization is a good metaphor. Let the small, non-serious disappointments and challenges in life, (spiritual, emotional, and even physical) help inoculate them and build their defences. In this way, our boys will learn to handle the bigger problems that, despite our best parenting and teaching intentions, may someday come their way. In addition, boys will take their lead from our responses and our guidance. Let them know that you are there, but let them solve what they are able to - at an age appropriate level of course. Raising boys is not an exact Science, but this I do know, they might forget what we say, but that will never forget what we do!


St David's APP is coming...

Our exciting St David’s App is finally packaged and ready to deliver! We have done the work, gathered the content, and it has been sent to all staff for review.St Davids App The app is due for launch next week. We are very excited about this as the main purpose for this App is to streamline all current communication platforms that currently exist in one formal, easily accessible place.

Please note that you will receive an email with all of the downloading instructions, as well as installation information from a lady by the name of Brenda Caplen: Brenda@MyAppZone.co.za

  1. Please read the email and follow instructions, as this will make the whole process much more efficient.
  2. If you do not receive an email by Friday 13th, please email StDavids@myappzone.co.za with your name, son’s grade and preferred email address, and we will send you the information. Sometimes emails end up in junkmail or spam folders, so keep a lookout.
  3. Please take some time to play with the app and find your way around it. Feel free to email StDavids@myappzone.co.za for assistance

We hope that you will be as excited about this App as we are and find it incredibly useful.

Carey Fisher- Gietzman 

Marketing Liaison


Reflection:

WHAT IS ASCENSION?

“The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (colloquially known as Ascension Thursday or Ascension Day) is one of the great solemnities, in the Christian liturgical calendar and commemorates the bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven.  Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter.  However, some Roman Catholic provinces have moved the observances to the following Sunday.  The feast is one of the ecumenical feasts ranking with the feasts of the Passion of Easter and Pentecost”.

Reflection

 Liturgical:

Sunday 8th May 2016       Ascension of our Lord

Ps 47, 2-3.6-9

Lk 24, 46-53


ST DAVID'S PREP NEWS

THE WEEK AHEAD

Saturday 07 May

Rugby vs The Ridge

17:30 Family Mass

Sunday 08 May

Mothers’ Day

 

Monday 09 May

PTA meeting

 

Friday 13 May

Cross-country at St Stithians

 

Saturday 14 May

Rugby vs CBC Boksburg

 

 


MOTHERS' DAY

We wish all moms a happy and blessed Mothers’ Day. Thank you for all that you so graciously and selflessly do for your children.

M         is for the million things she does for me;

O         means that her love is timeless, it never grows old;

T          is for the tears she shed for me;

H         is for the heart of purest gold;

E         is for the eyes with love-light shining;

R         she’s perfectly right for me!


Champagnat Day Challenge

CDChampagnat Day is approaching fast, it will be celebrated on Monday 6th June this year CD1(this is the actual date that Champagnat Day falls on).  Champagnat Day means that it is time to start getting ready for the Champagnat Day Challenge.  

The CDC is the exciting knock-out football tournament for Grade 4-Grade 7 boys, it will be held for the 10th time this year. 

All details can be found on the dedicated CDC website, just follow this link: http://eylesbugs.wix.com/cdc2014

 

 


ST DAVID'S COLLEGE NEWS

Photo Gallery: Grade 10 Service Day

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Community Service Opportunity

Volunteering is a great way of assisting non-profit organisations. If you would like to make a contribution to your community or if you are looking for community service hours, The Grace Factory is appealing to volunteers to assist in their mission. The Grace Factory is a non-profit organisation that aims to support children’s homes by providing them with basic necessities such as clothes, blankets, toiletries, nappies, formula and much more… You can get involved by volunteering for ‘packing day’ events, assist with knitting jerseys, blankets, baby hats and by helping to raise funds for items to go in the packs that support new moms. To get in touch, email Alison – info@thegracefactory.co.za .To find out more, visit their website: www.thegracefactory.co.za

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~ Terri Guillemets

Service Portfolio 2016


Sweden Orienteering Tour

In the holidays, Rory Ellis and James Hancock participated in the Sweden Orienteering Tour. Please click on the following links for their blogs and photographs of the trip: http://juniororienteers.blogspot.co.za/ and https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricanYouthOrienteeringSquad/


Extra-curricular:

Please click on the links below:

WE ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO REFER TO THE ST DAVID’S SPORTS PORTAL FOR FIXTURE / TEAM / RESULT INFORMATION http://sport.stdavids.co.za/

HS SPORTS FIXTURES

HS SPORTS RESULTS  


SWOP SHOP

2016 SWOP SHOP TIMES
Day Time
Monday 07:15-­‐08:30
Tuesday 13:00-­‐14:30
Wednesday 07:15-­‐08:30
Thursday 07:15-­‐08:30

GOLF MEMBERSHIP AT THE WANDERERS FOR ST DAVID’S PUPILS (Please click here)


Marist Old Boys News

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Please follow the link and ‘like’ the Marist Old Boys Society Facebook page, for all the latest news and updates; Marist Old Boys Society

For any further information, or should you wish to let us know about any latest Old Boys’ news please contact Cheryl King at oldboys@stdavids.co.za.

 

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 2016 TERM CALENDAR

TERM 1

Start: Wednesday 13 January

Close: Friday8 April

Half Term: 12h00: Thursday 18 February

Return to School: Tuesday 23 February

Public Holiday:Monday 21 March (Human Rights Day)

Friday 25 March (Good Friday)

Monday 28 March (Family Day)

TERM 2

Start: Wednesday 4 May

Close: Friday 5 August

Half Term: Normal closing: Friday 1 July

Return to School: Monday 11 July

Public Holidays: Thursday 16 June (Youth Day)

Friday 17 June (School Holiday)

HS Newsletter 8 April 2016

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEADMASTER: MIKE THIEL

Mr Mike Thiel

Reflections on a joyful term of Jubilee celebration and achievement

The first term of 2016 launched in fine style with a celebratory Mass and blessing of the Jubilee Fountain on our 75th Birthday celebration in January. These celebrations represented each part of our community as we reminded ourselves that St David’s Marist Inanda is about relationships and a coming together of a rich diversity of people, men and women, to educate young boys and young men.

Generations have experienced the richness of Marist values and learned how to take these out into their adult lives as men who make a real difference to their communities and the world in general.

By sharing our beautiful campus with the boys’ schools of Southern Africa as we hosted the International Boys’ Schools’ Coalition Africa Regional conference, we acknowledged our commitment to monastic education as well as our commitment to the process of lifelong learning and growing. Our boys benefited directly from so many of our staff being energised in new directions by engaging with their fellow boys’ schools colleagues and an array of inspirational educational thinkers and presenters. As we repeatedly say to the boys – we need to open our minds and our thinking to new ideas if we are to be the creative problem-solvers our planet so desperately needs.

These first celebrations will be brought to a head in June with the Jubilee Week when every part of our community will come together to remember the glorious past, revel in the fun of the present and re-focus our school for the next 75 years. St David’s will continue to provide educational opportunities of the highest standards for the boys of tomorrow, for your grandchildren and their children.  Come together as friends, old boys, parents and past parents and join the festivities.

While much work is being done to create suitable events to mark this milestone, the comprehensive booking site for all tickets will open in May. This is being done to allow you time to gather your table bookings for the Jubilee Gala Dinner and to ensure that you are ready to join all the celebrations from 4th to 12th June. Put it into your diary and commit you and your family to Jubilee Week 2016.

Building our School and our Campus for the next 75 years

On your return to school after this holiday period, we will officially be in the construction phase of the new Multi-Sport Facility. This is a much anticipated development project situated below the current swimming pool and kicks off with some demolition during the holiday and the establishment of the hoardings around what will be the construction site from May. The project includes the construction of the new waterpolo pool, the new learn-to-swim pool, three new Basketball courts, a re-working of the current tennis court area and stands, storage areas, changerooms and ablution facilities to serve all three of these sporting codes – Aquatics, Tennis and Basketball. This is a major and costly development programme, which has benefited from a significant donation from PTA fundraising over some years now. It will provide us with significant facilities to reflect the growing stature and achievement being experienced in all these sporting codes. Thank you to the Development Committee of the Board of Governors and all who are working on this project and will now see the fruits of this hard work.

Well done and thank you

In the midst of this celebration and renewal it is critical that we continue our programmes of building boys into men, of bringing our faith, our culture and our life into harmony. This has been a busy term and one in which the achievements of our boys have been exemplary. The matrics continue to provide quality leadership, firm in expectation and exuberant in spirit. Wherever our boys are in the school, they reflect the fun and the enjoyment of learning and we celebrate not only the achievements of our boys but the incremental progress they are making along the way. This is what St David’s is all about, and whatever role you fulfil in our community, I commend and thank you all for your contributions to our school. May your holiday be a time of rest and reflection, and an opportunity to return refreshed and ready for the next chapter in the history of this great school.

Mike Thiel 

Executive Headmaster

8 April 2016 


GENERAL HONOURSCongratulations to the following boys: 

Joseph Lebos (Academic, Service, Water Polo) and Nicholas Reuss (Swimming, Academic, Orienteering)

Honours Blazers Awards 2016 2 Honours Blazers Awards 2016 9
Honours Blazers Awards 2016 19 Honours Blazers Awards 2016 29
Honours Blazers Awards 2016 85 Honours Blazers Awards 2016 94

 


Photo Gallery: St David's vs St Stithians

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 Matric Dance Reveal

Photogaphs compliments of Sheldon Rose-Reddiar. For more Click here

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The College #beyondthebox Campaign to question stereotypes and encourage acceptance of diversity- Wellness Centre

William Sloane Coffin Jr, an author and Presbyterian Clergyman stated ‘Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without’.  Within our St David’s community, and the wider South African context, we are constantly reminded of the diverse society we operate in. Embracing and accepting differences compared with avoiding or fearing something in contrast to ourselves leads to cohesion, teamwork and personal growth.

 The ongoing #beyondthebox campaign was launched this term and seeks to challenge our pupils and staff to think beyond the boxes we feel comfortable in.  The campaign commenced with our Peer Counsellors challenging male gender stereotypes in assembly, tutor periods were spent discussing the concept of Marist Men, a wall of boxes was moved around the school highlighting our Marist Values and what they mean to the boys and an art installation was displayed in the boy’s bathrooms.  The artwork confronted the boys with a question of ‘who were they when they looked in the mirror.’

The campaign ended this term with the question being asked of the boys in assembly and Tutor Period – Do they have the courage to be upstanders, to look ‘beyondthebox’ and stand up for what is right. In the school context we will continue to ask our young men  - do they accept pupils different from themselves, will they confront injustice and will they seek to reach their potential outside their own boxes?

For more information please contact Cathy van der Zwan or Lloyd Ripley-Evans in the Wellness Centre on ripley-evansl@stdavids.co.za or vanderzwanc@stdavids.co.za 

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Community Service Opportunity

Volunteering is a great way of assisting non-profit organisations. If you would like to make a contribution to your community or if you are looking for community service hours, The Grace Factory is appealing to volunteers to assist in their mission. The Grace Factory is a non-profit organisation that aims to support children’s homes by providing them with basic necessities such as clothes, blankets, toiletries, nappies, formula and much more… You can get involved by volunteering for ‘packing day’ events, assist with knitting jerseys, blankets, baby hats and by helping to raise funds for items to go in the packs that support new moms. To get in touch, email Alison – info@thegracefactory.co.za .To find out more, visit their website: www.thegracefactory.co.za

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~ Terri Guillemets

Service Portfolio 2016


Please clean put your cupbaords this holiday

Click here to download the letter:Cash to clothes letter and form

Clothes 2 Cash Page 1


Extra-curricular:

Please click on the links below:

WE ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO REFER TO THE ST DAVID’S SPORTS PORTAL FOR FIXTURE / TEAM / RESULT INFORMATION http://sport.stdavids.co.za/

HS SPORTS FIXTURES

HS SPORTS RESULTS 

Temba Bavuma Cricket Coaching


St David’s Bookclub Friendship Circle

Thank you for the super books already donated to the St David’s Bookclub! Please keep them coming!

Have a look at what we have waiting on our shelves for you.

There is something for everyone. We have books for the boys too. 

You will find us @ the Swop Shop, open Mon, Wed & Thu 7:15-8:30am and Tues 1-3pm. 


SWOP SHOP

2016 SWOP SHOP TIMES
Day Time
Monday 07:15-­‐08:30
Tuesday 13:00-­‐14:30
Wednesday 07:15-­‐08:30
Thursday 07:15-­‐08:30

GOLF MEMBERSHIP AT THE WANDERERS FOR ST DAVID’S PUPILS (Please click here)


Marist Old Boys News

Update your details

Please follow the link and ‘like’ the Marist Old Boys Society Facebook page, for all the latest news and updates; Marist Old Boys Society

For any further information, or should you wish to let us know about any latest Old Boys’ news please contact Cheryl King at oldboys@stdavids.co.za.


Reflection:

Why Catholics Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday

By Rev. Alfred McBride, O.Praem.

On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass for the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II proclaimed to the world that “from now on throughout the Church this Sunday will be called Divine Mercy Sunday.”

Pope John Paul had actively promoted the message of St. Faustina. In his 1980 encyclical on God’s mercy, Rich in Mercy, he developed a scriptural and doctrinal basis for our faith in the mercy of God. By linking the revealed truth about God’s mercy to one of the most solemn Sundays after Easter itself, he illumined the fact that the liturgy already proclaimed the divine mercy. The truth has been embedded for two millennia in the worship of the Church. Once again we see an illustration of the ancient saying, “The law of faith is the law of prayer.”

On the Second Sunday of Easter, the responsorial psalm and Gospel for Cycles A, B and C center on the theme of mercy. In Psalm 118 we sing three times, “His mercy endures forever.” The Gospel, from John 20:19-31, begins with the risen Christ appearing to the apostles on Easter night. Jesus calms his disciples by saying and giving them “Peace.” He shows them the scars of his Passion, his wounded hands and side. His glorified body retains the evidence of his saving work through his suffering, death and resurrection.

He fills them with joy and again says to them—and produces in them—“Peace.” Then he breathes on them and explains what the divine breathing means with the words, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” He gives the apostles the power of God’s mercy for the sinner, the gift of forgiving sins from God’s treasury of mercy. The other texts speak of healing and give the assurance there is nothing to fear.

From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday to the Eighth Day of Easter, the divine love song of mercy is chanted amid abundant alleluias. For centuries in liturgy the Church has proclaimed the mercy of God through the Word of God and the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. The tables of Word and Sacrament are heaped with the promises of Divine Mercy and its grand effect in the lives of millions. The liturgy is the storehouse of the wisdom of God and a treasure chest for all the worshipers.

‘I spoke as a brother’

A TIME magazine issue in 1984 presented a startling cover. It pictured a prison cell where two men sat on metal folding chairs. The young man wore a black turtleneck sweater, blue jeans and white running shoes. The older man was dressed in a white robe and had a white skullcap on his head. They sat facing one another, up close and personal. They spoke quietly so as to keep others from hearing the conversation. The young man was Mehmet Ali Agca, the pope’s attempted assassin; the other man was Pope John Paul II, the intended victim. The pope held the hand that had held the gun whose bullet tore into the pope’s body.

In the cell, unseen in the picture, were the pope’s secretary and two security agents, along with a still photographer and videographer. John Paul wanted this scene to be shown around a world filled with nuclear arsenals and unforgiving hatreds. The Church has always used paintings, sculpture and architecture to communicate spiritual meanings. This was a living icon of mercy.

The Church was celebrating the 1,950th anniversary of Christ’s death and Christian redemption. The pope had been preaching forgiveness and reconciliation constantly. His deed with Ali Agca spoke a thousand words. John Paul’s forgiveness was deeply Christian. He embraced his enemy and pardoned him. At the end of their 20-minute meeting, Ali Agca raised the pope’s hand to his forehead as a sign of respect. John Paul shook Ali Agca’s hand tenderly.

When the pope left the cell he said, “What we talked about must remain a secret between us. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.” This is an example of God’s divine mercy, the same divine mercy whose message St. Faustina witnessed.

St. Faustina Kowalska: Apostle of Divine Mercy

The story of St. Faustina Kowalska reveals the inspiration behind the Divine Mercy devotion. Helena Kowalska was born in Poland on August 25, 1905. She was the third child of a devout Catholic family. As a small child she reported seeing bright lights during her night prayers. At age 16 she went to work as a servant in a neighboring city. She soon resigned after a fainting spell, even though a doctor said she was healthy.

Helena told her parents that she wanted to enter religious life but failed to obtain her father’s permission because he felt she was too young. She took another post as a servant and made friends with a circle of young women. At a dance, she experienced a vision of Christ suffering that touched her conscience and revived her desire to be a nun. She soon left her job and sought entrance in a religious congregation.

In 1925, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, taking the name Faustina. She served as a cook, gardener and doorkeeper in Krakow and several other community convents. The sisters liked her but did not appreciate or understand her deep interior life, which included visions and prophecies. On February 22, 1931, Sister Faustina experienced a new and life-changing vision of Christ. She saw him wearing a white robe and raising his right hand in blessing with his left hand resting on his heart from which flowed two rays of light. Jesus told her, “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the prayer, Jesus, I trust in you.”

Faustina could not paint, and struggled to convince her incredulous sisters about the truth of her vision. Ultimately she persuaded her spiritual director, Father Michael Sopocko, that the vision was real. He found an artist to create the painting that was named The Divine Mercy and shown to the world for the first time on April 28, 1935.

Father Sopocko advised Sister Faustina to record her visions in a diary. At one point she wrote that “Jesus said I was his secretary and an apostle of his divine mercy.” She devoted the rest of her life to spreading the message of divine mercy and the growth of popular devotion to it. Her mystical writings have been translated into many languages. She died of tuberculosis at age 33. Pope John Paul II canonized her on April 30, 2000.

The revelations experienced by St. Faustina were of a private nature, which are not essential to anyone’s acceptance of the Catholic faith. These types of visions and revelations are described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history” (#67).

In another section, the Catechism describes popular piety, which helps us to put St. Faustina’s revelations into a broader context: “The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc. These expressions of piety extend the liturgical life of the Church, but do not replace it....Pastoral discernment is needed to sustain and support popular piety” (#1674-76).

So we see that devotion to divine mercy in no way replaces any of our rich liturgical traditions. The Divine Mercy devotion fosters the virtue of trust in God’s mercy that finds its fulfillment in the liturgy of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist. Popular piety animates the faith attitudes that make participation in the sacraments more vital and fruitful.

Mercy in the midst of tragedy

The news is filled with illustrations of mercy—or the need for mercy—in our world. One of the most moving stories came to us on October 6, 2006, when an armed man entered an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. He chased out the little boys and lined up the 10 little girls in front of the blackboard. He shot all of them and then killed himself. Five of the girls died. After the medics and police left, the families of the fallen came and carried their slain children home. They removed their bloody clothes and washed the bodies. In each home they emptied a room of furniture except for a table and chairs. They sat for a time and mourned their beloved children.

After a while they walked to the home of the man who killed their children. They told his widow they forgave her husband for what he had done, and they consoled her for the loss of her spouse. They buried their anger before they buried their children.

On the wall of the local firehouse is a watercolor of the schoolyard painted by a local artist, Elsie Beiler. Its title is “Happier Days,” and it depicts the Amish children playing without a care before the shooting. Five birds, which some say represent the dead girls, circle the blue sky above.

Amish Christians teach us that forgiveness is central. They believe in a real sense that God’s forgiveness depends on their extending forgiveness to other people. That’s what the mercy of God is all about. That mercy is why we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.

Rev. Alfred McBride, O.Praem., is a priest of the Norbertine Order.

Liturgical

Sunday 10th April -  3rd Sunday of Easter

Ps 30 2. 4-6, 11-13

Jn 21: 1-19 


 

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 2016 TERM CALENDAR

TERM 1

Start: Wednesday 13 January

Close: Friday8 April

Half Term: 12h00: Thursday 18 February

Return to School: Tuesday 23 February

Public Holiday:Monday 21 March (Human Rights Day)

Friday 25 March (Good Friday)

Monday 28 March (Family Day)

TERM 2

Start: Wednesday 4 May

Close: Friday 5 August

Half Term: Normal closing: Friday 1 July

Return to School: Monday 11 July

Public Holidays: Thursday 16 June (Youth Day)

Friday 17 June (School Holiday)

HS Newsletter 1 April 2016

MESSAGE FROM THE PREP DEPUTY HEAD: TONY WILLIAMS

Tony Williams

I was recently fortunate enough to speak at the IBSC Conference held at St David’s on the topic of, “GRIT – Teaching Boys to use this Four Letter word”.  GRIT is currently a buzz word in education circles and in a nutshell can be defined as ‘a child’s perseverance and passion for long-term goals’.  GRIT as a character trait is seen as a combination of passion, resilience, determination and focus that allows a child to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals even in the face of discomfort.

Recent educational research on GRIT suggests that a child’s ability to work hard, endure struggle, fail, and try again may be the key to determining his long-term success and happiness.  It has been proven through various longitudinal studies that GRIT is a better indicator of future earnings and happiness than either IQ or natural talent.  Educational researcher John Hattie undertook such a longitudinal research study from 1999 to 2009 whereby he sought to determine the most influential educational strategies on achievement in school-aged students.  This study contains the largest ever collection of qualitative and quantitative evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning – and what doesn’t.  His conclusions indicate that student expectations of their own ability to overcome challenges is ultimately the most effective strategy schools (and parents) can focus on developing in their children. In other words do they believe they can do it with perseverance?

The term GRIT was coined by Angela Duckworth whose original studies proved that the common denominator among spelling bee finalists, successful West Point cadets, salespeople, scholars and teachers who not only stick with, but improve in their performance, is GRIT. Findings since then in study after study conclude that people who are smart, talented, kind, curious, and come from stable, loving homes, generally don’t succeed if they don’t know how to work hard, remain committed to their goals, and persevere through struggles and failure.

A very real concern in the Independent School sector, where many children and families ‘have it all’ is that children can become ‘learned helpless’. This is essentially the complete opposite of GRIT, whereby any challenge faced by the child causes such demotivation, worry, fear and anxiety that the parents feel they have to step in to ‘solve’ the problem for the child.  This ultimately develops false sense of confidence for the child who believes that he never has to work hard or move out of his comfort zone as everyone around him will help solve his problems.  An American Independent School Headmaster interviewed during the studies noted that he believes that such children who don’t develop GRIT are in danger of becoming, ‘Fragile Thoroughbreds”.  They are well-groomed, have all the latest gadgets, families that will pay for anything to make their lives easier, but ultimately, haven’t been given the opportunity to overcome difficulties and challenges.

In his New York Times article, “The Secret to Success is Failure,” author Paul Tough says it is a central paradox of contemporary parenting that we have an acute, almost biological impulse to provide for our children, to give them everything they want and need and to protect them from dangers and discomforts both large and small.  Yet we all know - on some level, at least - that what children need more than anything is a little hardship: some challenge, some deprivation that they can overcome, even if just to prove to themselves that they can. 


Photo Gallery: KES Easter Festival

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  Hockey Photographs compliments of Rob Hartmann. For more hockey and rugby photos of the KES Easter Festival, please click here.


Community Service Opportunity

Volunteering is a great way of assisting non-profit organisations. If you would like to make a contribution to your community or if you are looking for community service hours, The Grace Factory is appealing to volunteers to assist in their mission. The Grace Factory is a non-profit organisation that aims to support children’s homes by providing them with basic necessities such as clothes, blankets, toiletries, nappies, formula and much more… You can get involved by volunteering for ‘packing day’ events, assist with knitting jerseys, blankets, baby hats and by helping to raise funds for items to go in the packs that support new moms. To get in touch, email Alison – info@thegracefactory.co.za .To find out more, visit their website: www.thegracefactory.co.za

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~ Terri Guillemets

Service Portfolio 2016


Reflection: 

EASTER REFLECTION

Since you’ve been resurrected with Christ, set your heart on what pertains to higher realms, where Christ is seated at God’s right hand. (Col 3:1)

We began Holy Week in hope proclaiming hosanna. We end in hope proclaiming alleluia. Alleluia to the Risen Christ! Alleluia to hope rising and resounding with joy in our hearts!

Today’s epistle reading invites us to live as an Easter people, saying, “Since you’ve been resurrected with Christ, set your heart on what pertains to higher realms” (Col 3:1). This summons is given by disciples who committed themselves to continuing the nonviolent way of Jesus. With Christ as their stronghold, they lengthened the reach of nonviolence into the heart of society. Each time they were beaten or imprisoned, they persevered, never giving up, always reaching toward the greater good.

The way of nonviolence has a lot to do with reaching for the greater good. We reach for the greater good within ourselves and appeal to the greater good in one another. And we reach for the greater good that lies in the heart of society. We do this by calling forth and cultivating more of the stuff of heaven that we long for on earth. More justice, more peace, more love. More patience diffusing tempers and tension in conflicts. More mercy guiding public policies and washing over hearts filled with hatred. More healing in people and places harmed by violence.

“Each of us has a capacity for great good and that is what makes God say it was well worth the risk to bring us into existence,” writes Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “God … depends on us, puny, fragile, vulnerable as we may be, to accomplish God’s purposes for good, for justice, for forgiveness, for healing and wholeness.”

This is our summons. Fragile though we may be, we bring our faith. We bring our fortitude. And we bring our unwavering commitment to live as disciples of Christ who became vulnerable so that he might be victorious. Amen! Alleluia!

Reflection Question:

In what way(s) do you reach for the greater good in yourself? In others? In society?

Have a blessed weekend

Father T 

Liturgical

Sunday 3rd April -  2nd Sunday of Easter

Ps 118 2-4, 22-27

Jn 20: 19-31 


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