Monday, May 24, 2010

20 April 2010

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,
Welcome back everyone for Term Two. This is meant to be the first of our winter terms but as I look out the window it still looks like cricket weather.
Over the term holidays I attended the second first time Principals’ course in Auckland, where I was lucky enough to hear a number of excellent speakers. The most exciting was an Australian named John Edwards. His main point which we often forget, is that when we first begin to learn something new, a new piece of knowledge or a new skill, we struggle at first because what we are learning is outside our previous comfort zone.
To achieve learning we need to carry on through the confusion and frustration we initially feel (Remember first learning to drive or play golf or ski)?
If we stick to it and accept that we will initially struggle then we succeed, we can now drive, or ski or play golf. If we stopped when the going got hard we didn’t complete our learning or achieve our target.
This is the same for students and as a school community we need to support the pupils through the initial difficult part of the learning process so that they can fly out the other side.
One key component is that support from home is vital for success, remember children spend only 15% of their time at school. So in our newsletter we will continue to offer advice that will enable you to support your child’s learning.

Have a great week.
Regards, Mike Brosnahan

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