Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,
Well that was a very pleasant and restful long weekend. I think sometimes when you are standing by a quiet river at dusk casting out a fishing line (although in two years I haven’t caught anything) it is a great time to relax and reflect on what is important.
As a teacher and a parent I tend to often think of things that relate to learning and especially the skills and values that will enable our children to have a great life.
The one that struck me was that they need to be honest and truthful. Honesty is a hard skill to work with because it sometimes means telling people what they may not want to hear. So an important part of
honesty is about the way that you communicate.
You can be accurate and totally honest but if the message you deliver is too blunt then the message
recipient will simply mark you as an enemy, and ignore your message. If you don’t make the message firm enough they will simply "fob you off" as not important.
So the skill mainly by our actions that we need to teach our kids is to be honest, to say to someone's face what you would say behind their back and to be sensitive when delivering a message.
Personally I respect people who approach me with a criticism, then face to face the points can be
discussed. Like most people I have no respect for those who deal in gossip and innuendo.
Honesty is the way that our society functions. Scientific experience would be of no use without honest
evidence and our relationships with each other become dysfunctional without honesty.
As Williams Shakespeare said "No legacy is so rich as honesty".
Have a great week
Welcome to all the new children at St Mary’s School