Monday, March 13, 2017

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

Life is about change, the style of clothes that we wear, the way sports are played the types of car we drive. They all change overtime. Change is not bad, it is a necessary part of life.

The rate of change gets faster and faster with new technology, in the old Star Trek TV series Captain Kirk and his fellow travellers communicated with a device that is exactly like a cell phone. When the

programme came out everybody thought that this idea was very far-fetched!

To go forward we need to change and we need to embrace and not fear change. Our student’s live in a world where the way that they can access up to date information changes very quickly.

The skill that never changes is our ability to problem solve. How you solve the problem doesn’t matter it’s the solving that counts. Some people talk, or write out the problem, some draw or build it. Some use maths algorithms—the how is irrelevant. But problem solving is a skill that is vital to success in all fields. The greatest generals, scientists, sports stars and artists were all great problem solvers, and the irony is that problem solving is learned by doing, by trial and error, by resilience and by accepting a failure and learning from it. So when you watch your child attempt a task and fail you don’t rush in to help but rather let them try again in their own way. They are learning a skill that will be with them for life.

Have a great week

-Mike Brosnahan

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