From the Principal’s Desk – 2 May 2019

Dear Parents

We are currently working on some academic changes, which we believe, will make a positive difference for the future of our school. To this end, there will be a general parent meeting held on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 6pm. Please diarise this date as your attendance will be greatly appreciated.

Weekly Thought: Communication and Decision Making
“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.”- Joseph Joubert

Communication, communication, communication…

It is so important, whether in family life, friendship or in our professional/business lives to talk things through before making certain decisions. In a fast-paced world, we are generally encouraged by world leaders, self-help books, teachers, parents and friends to make “quick and decisive decisions.”

If we’re some of those people who can make quick decisions and are able to answer “most” questions without consulting anybody, the world applauds us! This, in turn, gives us greater confidence to take on even more decisions without any consultation or debate.

Joubert is offering a different view on decision making though; and we’ll do well to realize that there are, in fact, instances where we need to have some conversations (usually difficult ones) before coming to a conclusion or answer. If we do, we will get more buy-in from those around us, whether they be friends, relatives or colleagues. And a further by-product of not always just settling for your own opinion or idea is gaining the respect of your peers.

When faced with a difficult question or situation, let’s resolve to pause for a moment and ask ourselves:

  • Does this require a debate or conversation first?
  • Could the answer or conclusion wait?
  • What will the impact be on those around me if I do not discuss the question with the necessary people first?

Like many important things in life, this is very difficult. Just being aware of an alternative mindset, however, often helps a great deal when it comes to life’s challenges. Let’s stand strong and remember to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Another truth Joubert penned down was: “The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.”

May you have a weekend of reflection and introspection.
Andre Swart
Head of School