Head’s Tales – Finding Your Awesome

Happy New Year!

One of the things I love about being an educator is that we have the opportunity to celebrate a “new beginning” with our students twice a year—the start of the academic year in September, followed by the traditional start of a new calendar year in January.

The beginning of the school year in September is full of promise—a fresh start with a new grade, new courses, and new teachers. September also provides students with a new set of challenges and opportunities for learning and personal growth as they conquer new curriculum and learning goals.

The second opportunity to celebrate a new beginning is, of course, In January. The start of the new calendar year is perceived by many as a time to reflect and set new year’s resolutions. It is a milestone that prompts us to review past events and to set personal goals of transformation: correcting a bad habit, changing attitudes, aspiring to new heights/goals, changing personal circumstances, or becoming a better version of ourselves.  It is a time of renewed hope and a belief that things can and will get better.

Regardless of whether we are celebrating a new year in September or January, parents and teachers have a role to play in helping students become the best they can be.  This can be done through nurturing and encouraging the young people in our lives, by providing them with a structure for success, and showing commitment to them by getting appropriately involved in their lives.  Specifically, for students, January affords the time to review how they have done to date. It provides an opportunity to refocus and refine their efforts, and to establish a plan of action that will ensure continued success over the balance of the school year.

In determining my goals for 2018 as they relate to the St. Margaret’s community, I want to focus on the following:

  • Contributiondeveloping a sense of service and a commitment to helping: giving to or supporting others in their success stories.
  • Significance recognizing that individual efforts are important and that, collectively, we do make a difference in the lives of our students.
  • Sense of self – encouraging each of us to develop a genuine acceptance of our individual strengths and challenges with the understanding that we can continue to change or grow over time to be our personal best.
  • Sense of community – creating a sense of belonging, personal connections, and a feeling of purpose within our school.
  • Positivitypractising being positive and optimistic in attitude even in challenging times.
  • Gratitude/appreciationshowing gratitude every day and developing appreciation for the quality and value of the people and things that surround us.

In conclusion, my hope for 2018 is that the year will be full of brilliant moments of success—large and small—and that our collective efforts will assist us in making even stronger connections between people, passion, and purpose.

When you want to be HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL

Focus on what is right now.
Use your purpose and passion to respond.
Do what is important in the present

When you want to make the PRESENT better than the PAST

Look at what happened in the past
Learn something valuable from it.
Do things differently in the present.

When you want to make the FUTURE better than the PRESENT

Visualize what a wonderful future might look like.
Begin planning on making it happen.
Put your plan into action in the present.


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