Kia ora koutou
On Wednesday we observed the start of Lent with an Ash Wednesday liturgy facilitated by our Special Character Leaders, Zara Lawlor and Breanna Reed. Now that Lent is upon us, it is a good time of year to practise daily reflection. If we don’t reflect, we don’t know how to change and improve. Yet in the busyness of the day, reflection is often a luxury we dismiss when time-poor. As parents, the daily conversations we have with our children regarding their day, can slip by with the same old responses – ‘Nothing much’ or ‘It was ok’; I remember giving similar ones myself as a child! Maybe we should try practising more reflection with our children this Lent – “What was challenging in your learning today? What might need to happen to make it work better?”, “Did you have a chance to show compassion today? When could you have been a kinder person today?”. If, as parents, we role model this daily reflection with our children, it should help them look for continual improvement in their lives as they strive for personal excellence in their learning and living the life Jesus modelled for us. As a school, we don’t always get it right and it is good for us to reflect on how we can continually improve too. If you can help us with that or wish to discuss an issue you are concerned about, please contact us so we can ‘reflect together’ on ways to improve.
It seems appropriate to pray this familiar prayer:
“Lord, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.”
Keep enjoying our great summer!