We know that children and teachers (and probably parents too) will soon be ready for a little rest away from the demands and routines of school and everyone will be looking forward to the winter break.
During this festive season many families in our school community will be coming together, recently having celebrated Diwali or Thanksgiving, or preparing to celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas. These important festivals mean different things to different people- to some they are rooted in religious beliefs while for others they are simply a holiday time with opportunities to come together as family. It is a time of traditions and rituals and a great opportunity for parents and extended families to keep traditions alive and to create wonderful memories for everyone involved.
It is often such a busy time of year when we run from one task to another, have packed diaries of social engagements, go a bit crazy with gift buying and spend a lot of time travelling across the globe to see family and friends, near and far. But it is really important that we make the time to stop and reflect on what is really important in our lives and appreciate how fortunate we are. Our children are growing up in loving families and safe homes while so many children across the world are living without such basic needs. Our children have so much when so many have so little. We can often get caught up in the exciting and busy lives that we lead that we lose sight of one of the most important gifts we have been given – our families and friends - and that one of the best gifts we can give our children is our time.
However, quality time with children is not about the quantity of what you do, but rather it is how you spend time with them that matters the most. It does not need to be about exciting adventures or expensive toys. It is more about being fully present in the moment and actually talking and playing with them and listening to them. It is about allowing them to direct the subject of conversations or choose the activities they want to do with you. It is about them sharing their interests and passions and showing you what they know and what they can do. It is about spending time together as a family but also parents (or grandparents or aunties or uncles) having time with individual children – each with their unique personalities and interests. Get out the board games, bake a cake, do some crafts, play football, watch a family movie, walk the dog, create a lego model…. share time together and build happy holiday memories for your children.
It will be a busy last week of term with more enjoyable events for all. Please do come along to the Winter Concert to hear our talented musicians sing and play, a great way to round of what has been a productive and lively first term of the school year. Thanks for your continued support and have a happy holiday and some quality family time over the upcoming break.
Niki Meehan, Vice Principal