Assembly 4 2 21
Somebody once said, “Perfection is boring, getting better is where the fun is”. Learning how to do anything is always more exciting at the beginning before we get good at it.
In our school, nobody is asking you to be perfect. However we do expect everyone to excel by doing our best and improving a little bit, every day. The Japanese talk about Kaizen meaning “change for the better” or “continuous improvement.” It is a method of achieving excellence which is used around the world and is based on the idea that by doing your best you will bring about incremental improvement in your organisation and yourself. Today continue on your path to excellence by doing your best and doing the simple things well; attend school, engage in class, do your homework and keep your school journal up to date.
Now for a few notices
- School journals are your passport to success. Every student is expected to keep them up to date and they should be signed by your parents/guardians. In this way they will know if you are on the path to Kaizen! The journal will keep you on track , ensure you don’t forget anything and is also a very simple but effective study aide. So if you want to succeed then use one of the best and cheapest tools you have to make that happen and start today.
- All Junior students who have yet to send a photo of your journals must do so today. Tomorrow we will contact all parent/guardians of those who have failed to respond to our request. Next Monday we will be looking for a picture of the week ending the 5/2/21 and make sure it is signed.
- We want to commend the improving attendance and ask you all to continue to work at this. This is school and we are following the timetable so you must attend all classes every day. You must attend school; that’s the law. It’s up to you and your parents/guardians to ensure that you are here.
- Take a moment to thank the teachers who have managed to bring school online so that we can all continue our education safely. Quietly, without any fuss, they have changed how they deliver their classes and the curriculum. They have done this whilst having to deal with the same covid crisis that has turned all of our lives upside down. Their professionalism and commitment means that every student that attends will be given the best education we can deliver. Your teachers care about you and want you to do well. They deserve our thanks.
- Food hampers can be collected today at the school from 1.30-2pm. While you are there could the students who have yet to collect exam papers / materials please do so. Also laptops will be available to collect at that time. Remember, if you need anything to access school online , please tell us. Otherwise we can’t help you!
- Asking you to fill out this survey….it will only take a few moments and will help us to offer more extra-curricular/co-curricular activities. Again , thanks to the teachers who are designing and offering many different opportunities for students to learn and link in outside of the curriculum and the class room. For example on Tuesday the 2nd years began the World at Work Programme with Abbotts which promises to be a very interesting and exciting activity. If you have any ideas about what you would like to see happening in your school, just let us know. If it can be done, we will do it! Just click on the link below.
- Do I have to mention about attending classes again? One last time then. You must be on time and have Microsoft Teams open in order to be invited into class. If you can’t get in you must email the teacher to let them know you are in the lobby. If that doesn’t work you must email either Ms Reynolds or Mr Lyons and we will try and sort it out. So be on time, with Teams on and if there is an issue, email the teacher!
- Well done to the Chess Team who continue to move up the rankings. Next session is Friday 1.30-2.30 and there is also a school tournament open to everybody every Sunday evening from 6-7pm.
We take a moment to read Ms Keenan prayer for the day.
The Five-Finger Prayer
Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.”
The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.
The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.