At the start of the third term, we celebrate the joy of Spring. The gardens begin to blossom, the mornings are a little lighter; a little warmer. It is at this time that I am reminded of a beautiful quote by Albert Camus, “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer”. Spring and then Summer are glorious because these seasons exist alongside a cold, dry Winter.
This is, in many ways, similar to what we attempt to teach our girls: to find success, to reach for excellence, it is often necessary to struggle. To move through the ‘seasonal changes’, transformation and growth is needed. This applies to academic development, as well as physical, emotional and social development. Learning can sometimes be difficult. To truly enjoy the Spring, the lighter, warmer, brighter days, we must also embrace our Winter.
The most challenging aspect of this learning, is often as to how we as parents, support our girls through the struggle. It is important to encourage and praise success. As parents we cannot do the work for our girls, we cannot fight their battles or rescue them during their toughest times; their winter. We can authentically praise them when growth is evident, we can listen. It is important to empower our girls from a young age to problem-solve, to fail and then try again… all with our support. It is vital that we work together to develop a sense of self-efficacy in our girls. By doing this, they in turn develop an internal locus of control and a healthy self-esteem.
I have provided a link here to the latest blog from ‘Knowing Girls’ which assists us as parents and teachers in grappling with this journey: Building Self-esteem That Won’t Crack Under Pressure.
My hope for us this term is to celebrate the beautiful growth in our girls as individuals in our school.
Term 3 Welcome
We welcome back Cindy Dalling and Maryanne Clegg who enjoyed a restful long leave in the second term. We also welcome Lisa O’ Donavan back from her long leave at the end of the last term. Margaret Gibb is still on medical leave for approximately 2-3 weeks. We look forward to her return to Grade 3. Sue van Staden is no stranger to our team- and so we are delighted to welcome Sue for the first few weeks of term in Margaret ‘s place. Teresa Scorgie is on Long leave for the start of this term, and we thank Lorna Rait who will be joining our Grade 0 team for the first few weeks of term. We are also pleased to welcome back Claire Hedding from her medical leave of absence last term.
We welcome four new families to the Kingsmead community this term. I have no doubt that you will feel happy and fulfilled as you begin your journey with us at Kingsmead:
- Ava Booth – Grade 0
- Phindu Ralushai – Grade 2
- Risha Hari – Grade 3
- Victoria Ferguson – Grade 7
Thank you to Cyril Mitchley and his very efficient team for preparing our school this holiday. Our school underwent a further upgrade on our electrical systems, the gardens have been prepared for the new term and the classes have been spring-cleaned.
We are very excited with the outcome of the renovation of the Science Lab in the Junior School. Thank you to Tarryn Mclaren who has co-ordinated this process for the past 6 months. We will share some thoughts and pictures relating to our new Lab in the next few weeks.
I wish you all an excellent start to the third term, and ultimately and successful ending to 2018.
Kim Lowman – Head of Junior School