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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

From the Principal Week 10 Term 1 2014

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

I recently read this, and thought it worth sharing:

“The question before every educator is: Do we dam up the ocean or do we teach our children how to swim? It is so easy to say, “Why change when we have never had it so good?” That is only true if the world around us does not change.

“And those that refuse to change will find themselves in a unique position best described by social philosopher, Eric Hoffer (1902-1983). “In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”

In Matthew 5:5, it talks about the ‘meek’ inheriting the earth. Perhaps a new way of considering meekness, is a willingness to learn. We don’t have it all together - any one of us, and nor do we have it all together as a school.

However, one of the things I so highly value about this staff at MCS is that we are all learners.

We are constantly thinking about your child and trying to best understand what makes him or her sparkle, and how we can adapt the learning programme and environment in order to help him or her learn best. We are also learning new ways of working with technology so that so that your children can be well equipped for the world they will live in the future.

This is challenging but exciting. It requires humility on the part of the teachers. It requires flexibility. It requires a willingness to take risks. It requires tenacity and courage. It requires a willingness to learn to teach in new ways with new technologies.
And it requires a good partnership with you.

I am so blessed to work with a staff who daily exhibit these qualities.

Thanks for coming to our Three-way conferences on Tuesday with your children. Thanks for being ready to learn, participate and work together as a three-way team for the learning growth of your children this year.

Have a good week.

Helen Pearson

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