In the last newsletter article, I spoke about having positive habits. Hopefully you have put some of these things into practice. We know that not all habits are good for us and therefore we need to assess whether the habits we have are positive for us and our wellbeing and learning. Having a Growth mindset is a positive habit. Let me explain.
We know how challenging the last year has been with COVID, requiring us to adjust and change the way we do things and how we cope with these changes. Mindsets determine people’s behaviour, outlook, and mental attitude. Someone with a fixed mindset is likely not to deal well with setbacks, try to hide their mistakes, believe their abilities are limited, engage in negative self-talk, and avoid challenges. On the other hand, someone with a growth mindset is likely to welcome challenges, learn from the people around them, understand that they’ve got to work hard to get what they want, recognise failure as an opportunity to learn and acknowledge their weaknesses, and focus on improving them.
I’d like to encourage you to take this quiz to find out what kind of mindset you or your children have and what you can do to shift their mindset.
This image on Growth Mindset shows the words we and our children often use to describe how they think about things. The first column are mixed mindset statements.
In the second column there are a list of growth mindset statements such as ‘I’ll try a different way’, ‘I don’t know how to do this yet’, and ‘Mistakes are how I learn and get better’, next to a green tick.
Excursion and Camp Permissions Requirements
With the easing of COVID restrictions, excursions and camps are allowed to run. Please be aware you are responsible to grant permission for your child to attend these events. This can be done online via Edumate (under the Newsfeed) or the School App, under the ‘To-do’ button.
Additionally for some events such as camps you will have to fill in a Google form as well as the permission on Edumate. The Google form link will come out on an email or on the permission note attached to event. Year 7 and 9 camps forms should be available for you to fill in.
If you don’t grant permissions your child will not be able to attend the event.
I hope you found this article helpful in adjusting self-talk and conversations with your children.
If there is something you would like me to write about in a future newsletter article, please contact me and suggest a topic.
….so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God… Colossians 1:10