On 18 July, the KPS community celebrated what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centennial year.
The focus of the celebrations was on the recognising the values that Madiba strove for in bringing change and hope to our country. This message was inspired by Mandela’s famous quote, “I believe that in the end it is kindness and generous accommodation that are the catalysts for real change.’’ Kindness and generosity served as the central theme for the week.
The children collected their small change for a few months beforehand, in order to fill up their Arks (money banks), to be donated to Afrika Tikkun. The generous desire to give back soon grew to include tins of food for the benefit of our local community and blankets to assist the Baragwaneth baby care facility.
The value of displaying the collected items on the School field was immediately apparent. Children who may have questioned whether a blanket or a tin of food could make a difference soon acknowledged the power of a collective effort to reach a goal to assist others in need. The exercise of working together as a community to make a difference to help others will hopefully inspire our children for years to come.
Thank you to the KPS community for your kind donations, and for encouraging our children to be part of an initiative with such an important message.
It is on this positive note that I wish you a safe and restful holiday. “It’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.” JM Lawrence.
have had the privilege of teaching the Grade Sevens Life Orientation this year. We have explored topics such as time management, planning and goal setting, however we have really enjoyed ‘unpacking’ the concepts of ‘Growth Mind Set’ and ‘Grit’ this term. The Grade Sevens have had to do research on both concepts, discuss in groups and then make the knowledge their own and apply it to their lives.
During these discussions we have looked at what exactly these concepts are and which factors affect them; why some people display them more than others and others not at all.
One of these factors is the fact that ‘We all have our own Clock’. Essentially this means that each of us develop and grow at our own particular pace. There is no timetable for how one’s life should unfold. It is okay for one person not to grasp an idea at the same time as a peer. This does not mean that the student who does not grasp the concept will not grasp it; they have just not got it, yet’. Some people may not attend tertiary education immediately after school, however this does not mean they will not qualify with a tertiary certificate later in life. Each person is unique and should be striving to be the best they can be, at that time. How many adults enjoyed their first job and are still in the profession years later? How many adults were in a job that made a lot of money but disliked it intensely?
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