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16 June 2017

posted 15 Jun 2017, 17:23 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 15 Jun 2017, 17:24 ]
As part of our commitment to children's wellbeing through our Positive Education programme, we are enjoying building whole days dedicated to the cause. Last term we held our inaugural 'Grow your Mind Day' where we invited parents and children to run a series of workshops around things they were passionate about, providing new opportunities for our children to try something they may not have ever done before. 

As mentioned in last week's Newsletter, hot on these heels is our next whole day, this time 'Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence' which will also tie in with our Matariki Festival. If you are keen to run a workshop around this theme - and we hope so - please see your child's base group teacher. 

What is Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence?  [It's about awe, wonder, elevation]: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

In our busy worlds, how often do we have the opportunity to take the time to appreciate what's around us?  For some of us and the children, this may already be a big part of who we are, a key strength, for others it may be still lying untapped. So let's get our children connected to something greater than different sized screens and get into expanding their horizons!

This link to planting, to nature, to beautifying and being connected to 'our place', combined with the art, the science and the creativity required as we work towards the Arts Celebration, provides the types of rich and authentic learning experiences we value. So, thanks in advance to the teachers and support staff - it's high energy and innovation that will be required until the very last day of Term 2. I'm sorry- there won't be any 'plodding to the finish line' around here! The good news is that all of us - children, staff and community members, neighbours and whanau can all benefit in wellness!

Bring on the awe, the wonder and elevation!