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4 May 2018

posted 3 May 2018, 19:24 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 3 May 2018, 19:24 by Stephanie Williams ]
Here we are - a whole wide landscape ahead of us and many routes and landmarks already well known, but, like any bucolic scene,...... we leave room for some flexibility, especially as we are dealing with animate objects! That's what makes life exciting!

Over the break, I finally finished a book "m Braining - using your multiple brains to do Cool Stuff" by Grant Soosalu and Marvin Oka. It's one of those books that will require a fair bit of picking up and rereading as I'm not sure my brain(s) was/were always doing cool stuff over this period! Based on neuroscience principles, the book provided understanding of ...... "the scientific basis of gut intuitions, heart-felt emotions and head based creative powers". Have a read, if you are interested in finding out more.

Amongst all the information you will read in the Newsletter, on the Blog, via teacher email, Seesaw and face to face this term, you will witness a common theme around learning about the brain, the thinking brain, the feeling brain and how we deal with emotions. We all have to deal with emotions getting in the way at times, as adults, more importantly we have an important job to do in supporting our children to understand themselves a little better - how they deal with "stuff" being key. 

So, from the very first Assembly, next week, expect to start hearing a whole lot more about positive; emotions, relationships, accomplishment, purpose and health - all of the domains of our positive education model - underpinned by the deliberate use of character strengths - in the aim of creating resilient, flourishing individuals! So, keep a look out online and come along to the regular Assemblies, if you are keen to understand more. There is also the Positive Education Day coming up soon.... which, based on the couple we had last year will be good fun and insightful. That's - Positive Education (Pos Ed) Whānau Day - Friday 25 May.

Next week there will be plenty of scope for positive health with the cross country and swimming, positive relationships, health and emotion and more with the disco, Tautoru's Botanical Gardens trip will also align with many of these domains and for some it may kick start some positive purpose for some of our budding environmentalists

All of this on top of the 3 Rs and all the learning areas and competencies in our broad New Zealand Curriculum. So much to do and a whole 9 weeks to do it!

After all, to draw on ancient wisdom, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all", Aristotle.