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12 April 2019

posted 11 Apr 2019, 22:46 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 11 Apr 2019, 22:47 by Stephanie Williams ]
Welcome to the last Newsletter of Term 1 and, wow, it's gone fast! I'm reminded of the saying about don't ever waste a day as you never get it back.... these 10 weeks have certainly not been wasted! They have been packed full of learning for the small, medium sized and bigger - or should that be older!? There has been a bit of everything. When we say we are educating the 'whole' the evidence shows that is not simply lip service!

We have a conference here the first 2 days of the holidays when a trainer from the Institute of Positive Education in Geelong, Australia, will be coming to work with us and other keen educators around student wellbeing. After these 2 days, I am hoping our staff will have plenty of off switch time, focussing on their own wellbeing, before revving into Term 2. Likewise, our children..... what would holidays be like with 20% less screen time and a 20% increase in reading good ol' books? I came across this letter from Rebecca Solnit, an American writer to readers recently which is a great thought as we go into the break:

Dear Readers,

Nearly every book has the same architecture — cover, spine, pages — but you open them onto worlds and gifts far beyond what paper and ink are, and on the inside they are every shape and power. Some books are toolkits you take up to fix things, from the most practical to the most mysterious, from your house to your heart, or to make things, from cakes to ships. Some books are wings. Some are horses that run away with you. Some are parties to which you are invited, full of friends who are there even when you have no friends. In some books you meet one remarkable person; in others a whole group or even a culture. Some books are medicine, bitter but clarifying. Some books are puzzles, mazes, tangles, jungles. Some long books are journeys, and at the end you are not the same person you were at the beginning. Some are handheld lights you can shine on almost anything...... They can be doorways and ships and fortresses for anyone who loves them.

And I grew up to write books, as I’d hoped, so I know that each of them is a gift a writer made for strangers, a gift I’ve given a few times and received so many times, every day since I was six.

Have a gorgeous break and thanks for a great term of partnership.