Monday, May 24, 2010

27 april 2010

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,

Well the beginning of another week, a week that started with us as a nation having just commemorated ANZAC day. When we think of ANZAC we remember the sacrifices that so many were prepared to make because they shared a vision of a greater goal.
Personally I always stand in awe of the resilience that so many of our antecedents showed in surviving the terrible deprivations and trauma that war entails.
But when I think on the matter further, I have come to the conclusion that all people who succeed have developed a high level of resilience.
Resilience is - from the Collings Gen English Dictionary ‘The ability to return to normal after stretching, recovering quickly from shock’. Basically in terms of human beings, it is the ability to operate under stress or in difficult situations. Life is full of stressful situations and teaching children when they are young how scenarios will prepare them for their future.
It is why outdoor education is still a vitally important component of our school’s curriculum. As a world renowned child psychologist once noted the hardest thing to do, when dealing with a child is nothing. That is letting them solve their own problems - without offering advice.

Have a great week.
Regards, Mike Brosnahan

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