I’d like to challenge our students to think positively and reduce their negative language. In fact, it would be great if our whole community did this; students, families and staff. There are simple changes we could all make, but certainly that we should be encouraging our students to make. Try some of these: • Set SMART goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. Having something to aim for, that challenges us but is achievable is incredibly positive. • Find and follow your passion. Whether it is playing live music, writing a book, running, painting, gardening. Find the thing that gives you joy and do that. • Assess your habits in relation to language and consciously reframe your thinking. Recognise when, why and how often you respond or comment from a negative place and choose to change that. • Focus on the positive. That means in yourself and in others. Encourage positive interactions and politely reject the negative. Accept positivity into your life. • Listen. Yep, it’s a simple one. Listen to other people. This can help us see how lucky we are, recognise happiness or contentment in ourselves, and gosh, it just makes you feel good to listen, because everyone wants to be heard, and that means listening makes other people happy. And that makes us happy. • Practice kindness. Doing things for others, saying nice things, looking after someone other than ourselves; all of these things impact positively on our well-being, on our sense of self. If you can be only one thing, Be kind. I do know that this seems simplistic. I accept that. But does it have to be complicated? There is enough bad in the world, we need to nurture the good. Choose positivity. It can make all the difference in the world.
Hilton Hardman Head of Pastoral
Friday 10 May 2019 - welcome to Edition 6 of the SGAGS School newsletter for 2019. We hope you enjoy reading.