WHY TRUE GRATITUDE IMPROVES OUR LIVES
Teaching our children to say "thank you" is important, but truly instilling a sense of gratitude in them is another matter entirely. Gratitude goes beyond good manners - it's a mindset and a lifestyle.
Studies show that children who count their blessings reap concrete benefits, including greater life satisfaction and a better attitude about school.
Why is it important to cultivate an attitude of gratitude?
First of all, gratitude is healthy for us, adults and children alike. Cultivating gratitude increases happiness levels. Gratitude can also help individuals live happier, more satisfied lives and enjoy increased levels of self-esteem, hope, empathy and optimism. Children who practise grateful thinking have more positive attitudes toward school and family.
Gratitude gives perspective. When you take into account the sheer number of opportunities, privileges and material possessions most children enjoy through no effort of their own, it's easy to see why many of them feel entitled. After all, they get used to getting stuff without knowing or caring where it comes from. Practising gratitude, on the other hand, underscores the fact that all those toys and creature comforts don't just pop out of thin air. When children recognise that the things they own and the opportunities they have come from someone other than themselves, it helps them develop a healthy understanding of how interdependent we all are. Then they may be more inclined to treat others with genuine respect.
Gratitude improves relationships. Would you rather show up at work every day to colleagues who freely acknowledge and appreciate your contributions, or colleagues who take your efforts for granted with a perfunctory grunt of thanks? It's a simple principle: gratitude fosters stronger, more positive and more genuine relationships.
Gratitude counteracts the ‘gimmes’. Fundamentally, gratitude is about being aware of who or what makes positive aspects of our lives possible, and acknowledging that. When children learn to think in those terms, they can be less apt to make mindless, self-centred demands. Plus, they begin to appreciate what they have rather than focusing on what they wish they had.
Acknowledgement: Andrea Reiser
At the end of the year we will farewell Samantha Bartley. Samantha has accepted a position closer to home on the southside at Sacred Heart in Pearce. Samantha began her career at Holy Spirit and we wish her every happiness in the future.
FAMILIES LEAVING HOLY SPIRIT
Thank you to the families who have informed us if they are leaving our community at the end of the year. However, there have been a few cases where the children have told their teacher they are leaving but as yet, the Front Office has not been notified. If you are leaving at the end of the year and have not let us know officially, would you please inform the Front Office ASAP. It is important for our planning of classes for 2020 that we do have this information and we also have a waiting list for most year levels.
Have a great week
This week a teacher and a child were almost hit by cars in our pick up area after school. The drivers were impatient and ignored teacher directions for traffic management. We implore all parents and others picking up students in the afternoon to be patient and follow staff directions.
The dirt carpark near the Temple is also an area of concern. Staff are on duty there to maintain flow of traffic from all areas. Please follow directions. Driving off the curb rather than exiting at the appropriate area is dangerous. Parents who cross the road near the temple rather than using the pedestrian crossing, put themselves and children at risk.
Everyone's safety is paramount, and safety is everyone's responsibility.
I am Lauren (a former HSPC student). I am raising money to support kids in need again this year with the help of some friends. I am holding a Lucky Dip at the Bus Depot Markets (see Flyer). If you are unable to make it to the Markets, but would still like to help me support Barnardos this Christmas, you can email me at Lauren.firstname.lastname@example.org to make a donation (tax receipts available if required :)).
Thank you to all the families that supported this year's Woolies Earn and Learn campaign. We earnt 26,340 points and used these to purchase the following items for our students both the ELC and Primary classes.