Dear Parents and Guardians
‘The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.’ Neale Donald Walsch
Each day we have the freedom to decide how we are going to approach the many opportunities and challenges that we will be presented. There has been much written about how mindset plays a significant role in how we approach these situations, along with the importance of building times throughout the day to reflect, learn and refocus. This is something that we emphasise at AISM and is one of the foundations of our learning programs. One of the simplest things we can teach our children is to have a positive attitude and express gratitude.
This week as I walked the grounds of AISM and welcomed back students, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I was thankful that we have such a strong and supportive community, that our students are safe, but more importantly it was the little things that I enjoyed. The campus can be a very sterile place without our students and the constant buzz of excitement as they go about their daily lessons is something that we have all missed. The polite greetings in the mornings, the smiles on their faces and their enthusiasm is what makes education such a rewarding career. So whilst at times, we may take these things for granted, it is something that has resonated with me this week. As educators we are very fortunate that we get to share this journey with you and your children, so we are all genuinely grateful to have them back onsite.
This week we also celebrated International Women’s Day and it was an opportunity to be grateful for the important roles that all women play in our lives. It was an opportunity to recognise the significant women who have had a direct impact on our lives. We are fortunate at AISM to have many wonderful female role models for our students, but once again I found myself thinking this week about the women who have influenced my life and how they have inspired me. One of these women was my mum, who as you know not only raised 9 children, but at the age of 56, returned to study to complete her High School Certificate and then went on to complete an Arts degree. This was not something that she needed to do but something she wanted to do, as she placed such a high level of importance on education. She is a prolific reader and has a heightened sense of curiosity which she has continued to exhibit throughout her life and, at the age of 88, shows no signs of slowing down. I am thankful for the important role she has played in my life but more importantly the role model she has been for me particularly in relation to learning. I firmly believe that reading is one of the most important gifts we can give our children so that they can access information and from a range of sources. I believe that readers make good leaders so if we are preparing students for their future this is one of the most important skills they need. If you combine reading with curiosity we are unlocking a future of learning opportunities for them to grow, develop and form opinions on issues that can be debated. This in itself leads to new discoveries and ideas as they journey through life.
Therefore I encourage our community to reach out to the significant women in our lives and express our gratitude for the inspiration they give us on a daily basis.
Have a great weekend!