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Little things mean a lot!

29 Apr

This week a really lovely thing happened. I went to a meeting with a parent at her child’s school to discuss his exam entries. She didn’t quite understand the process. To me, I’m happy to help, it’s my job. Anyway, the meeting happened, things got resolved and we left. The next day she presented me with a gorgeous bunch of flowers! I was blown away, what a great and unexpected gesture! It really made me smile even more than normal.

The next day however, I got into a deep discussion with an ex student who insisted that it is not necessary to complete school with exam qualifications. In his words, he had met a millionaire who had left school with nothing. Okay, yes, they are out there but I honestly believe he missed the point.Life is not all about money, there are so many other things that we have to do in life that life skills are key. Life skills that we teach and learn in school. Throughout the process, the student gets a sense of self respect, self discipline and pride in what they can ultimately achieve. This may well be life as a millionaire but most of all, it will be more of a fulfilled happy life which can be passed on to future generations.

My student’s mom got this. Those flowers take pride of place on my dining table and every time I look at them I know life is good. This led me to think about organising one giant free revision session for GCSE students this month. A session where 50-100 of them can come along and get some assistance. It’s going to be good and hopefully will lead to even more smiley faces come results day.

Emotional intelligence and life skills are not easy to understand for teenagers. They haven’t lived enough yet to see the importance of them. We should just keep on pushing through though. Encouraging them and spreading the word that whilst money is useful, true unconditional happiness is the most valuable asset they could ever own. It comes from within.

A Balancing Act

22 Apr

I have said it before, there is nothing like exam times for highlighting issues with the way people feel, think and behave. I am not a politician, nor would I even purport to understand a politicians mind but surely, like everyone else they can see that the budget will never be balanced if tomorrow’s leaders are lost.

Honestly, most of us would love to power on through every glorious day we are given and not pass any of our thoughts on to those younger than us. I am as guilty of this slip as the next person however am conscious of it and work hard on keeping my mind open to all the lovely things that happen everyday. In this way, I hope to pass a good habit on to my children and my students. No matter what happens, cuts in jobs, cold winters, rising prices, there is absolutely always something to be thankful for! Start your day as you want it to proceed , with a smile, a stretch and a big thank you!

With this habit comes belief in yourself that all things are possible. Life is great, you have it, yours is special and can be any flavour you want it to be. This is so important at exam times. Imagine the power of that feeling when sitting in the exam hall.

So now I have to name those students who have inspired me recently and believe me, this is not to take anything away from those who have inspired me along the way Ms Kenya Barnett, Mr Khaiyo Powell, Mr Noel Davies, Mr Joe Gerardo, The Amazing Mr Nathaniel Nelson-Roberts, Mr Leigh Ramsey, Mr Dwaine Roberts, The talented Ms Nadège, I could carry on and on really. Even those not here know I have pure love for them.

And to the teachers I had who taught me to love and believe, I owe them and try to give as they gave to me. Especially Ms Elaine Carabin, Ms Eileen Leatt, Mr Europe Singh.

In our minds we all have these lists. They keep a smile in my heart

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