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16 November 2018

posted 15 Nov 2018, 17:27 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 15 Nov 2018, 17:27 by Stephanie Williams ]
Last week I spent some time talking with the Year 6s about what their last few weeks at WBS might look like and how they might best 'give back' over this time. I reflected on how long I've known them - some since they were born - and now look at them! Ready to spread their wings and take another leap towards independence. The Year 6 speech is looming and they all made a great start on these. I'm starting to ponder what I would like to say to them come the grand finale at THE WRAP on 13 December. I always manage to get a bit choked up when I think about how far they have come, how much they have grown, learned and changed over their years here. 

One of the many fantastic things about the School Fair is the return rate of our 'old' pupils and their whānau. I love catching up with them and finding out about their teenage life! Quite different experiences from those at starting school. I always feel grateful that they want to connect and chat..... and still have that sense of belonging.

One of the most important things we can do is give these children in our care the skills to make good choices as they weave through life beyond #168. There was a piece in Saturday's paper on just this. "How to raise your kids to be confident decision-makers" - How parents can help their kids learn to make good choices. The key tips being:
  • Empathise, but don't solve the issue
  • Help your child listen to him/herself
  • Provide structure
  • Practice decision-making
  • Encourage reflection
  • Discuss learning to live with regret.
Let's think about how we can all encourage our children to make good decisions as early as possible, as it really will be up to them, not us, before too long.

Make a great choice to join us this evening from 5pm to 6.30pm at The Chocolate Fish to celebrate a fantastic 2018 of community.

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb