Welcome to the beginning of the 2016 academic school year.  As we embark on our exciting journey with the start of our Grade R class and the implementation of E-learning at Townsview Primary School, with the ‘first step’ being the installation of Smartboards in three classrooms and the Incremental Implementation of an African Language as a Second Additional Language in Grade 1, we may feel a myriad of emotions,.  As this is unchartered territory for many of us, I’m sure you share the feelings of nervous excitement with me.  Let’s take courage from the following:


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no-one thinks of changing himself.”

  • Leo Tolstoy


“Opportunity is missed by most people

because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

  • Thomas Edison


“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

  • Anonymous


“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly the impossible.”

Francis of Assisi


As a staff, we decided it was necessary to ‘go back to the basics’ last year in reminding our learners about and refocusing them on values and morals.  By re-directing our learners’ and parents’ attention to this, we are trusting that the impact will reach beyond our school and into the community.  I realize this may sound like a magnanimous and unattainable task we have set ourselves, but let’s remember Mother Teresa’s wise words, “I alone can not change the world.  But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”  You’re all aware of my personal and the School’s primary and cardinal value, ‘I care’, on which, I believe, all other values are built.  If we focus on helping others, giving something back, caring about our profession, our school, our community and our country we’ll discover that, while public service improves the lives and world around us, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring to our own lives.

As each year passes by, the ultimate purpose of our lives here on earth, which is to serve others, becomes more apparent to me.  Whatever ‘calling’ one follows, it is central to serving others.  The noble profession we have chosen, as educators, is at the forefront of servant leadership as I think teaching with passion and commitment embraces a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.  I’ve come across so many thoughts and views on this life purpose, the following are what I’ve chosen to share with you:


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “

  • Martin Luther King Jr


“Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.”

  • Mother Teresa


“The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

  • Mahatma Gandhi


“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

  • Albert Einstein


“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others

as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

  • 1 Peter 4 : 10


As we begin each new year, new term, new day, undertake a new project or task, approach change or embark on something new, our attitude at the beginning and during anything will assure its successful outcome.  As John Maxwell said, “Nobody can motivate himself in a positive direction by continuously using negative words”, but it is up to each one of us, as individuals, to choose to be negative or awesome.  I hope we all chose the latter!

“Negativity sucks away energy.  If part of the energy stems from your attitude or perspective, commit yourself at the beginning of each day and each activity to find something positive in yourself and in others around you.  If the people around you are negative and you can’t change that, either remove yourself from the situation or view it simply as the obstacle you face in pursuing your own potential. 

Stay focused on your own goals and make the best of the situation.”

  • Terry Orlick


I’ve included sagacious advice for us all.

  • There’s always some reason to be positive, don’t let a little negativity stop you from seeing all the good that’s around.
  • A negative mind will never give you a positive life.
  • Never waste your time trying to explain yourself to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.
  • People inspire you, or they drain you. Pick them wisely.
  • There comes a point when you have to realize that you’ll never be good enough for some people. The question is, is this your problem or theirs?
  • Should you ever find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, smallness or insecurities, remember things could be worse … you could be them.
  • There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away;  the battle they are fighting isn’t with you, it is with themselves.
  • Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you speak evil about another person can later help another person speak evil about you.
  • Israelmore Ayivu
  • Believing in negative thoughts is the single greatest obstruction to success.

– Charles F Glassman


In closing, let’s as a school community, continue to imbibe our motto, “Link Hands”.  We cannot prosper as a school if we do not work as a team.  The following words from Mother Teresa should be our conscious thought as we work throughout 2016.


“You can do what I cannot do.  I can do what you cannot do. 

Together we can do great things.”

  • Mother Teresa


Please contact us for more information.  We look forward to being of assistance to you and your children.

Yours in education