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Principal’s Welcome

“Beware of the lollipop mediocrity; lick it once and you’ll suck forever.”

– Brian Wilson

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, nor a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

– Vince Lombard

“For anyone who loves what they do, mediocrity is not enough.

You don’t have to be the best in the world, but you should be the best that you can be.”

– Travis Barker

Welcome to the 2020 academic school year! The beginning of a new year is upon us and with it comes a clean slate, a fresh start and a wonderful opportunity to change, enhance, upgrade and re-commit. Think about what would happen if all of us woke up each day and decided that whatever we did, we would do it with excellence. We would give it our all and do our best with nothing less than a hundred percent. We would catapult ourselves out of mediocrity. I believe this would change the impact we make as educators, it would improve our relationships and it would transform our accomplishments. Doing things with excellence means you don’t take shortcuts, you don’t take the easy way just for the sake of it being easy. Instead, whatever you’re doing, you give it your best.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.

If you have an opportunity to make things better, and you don’t, then you are wasting your time here on earth.”

– Roberto Clemence

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”

– Aesop

How thankful you are in the valleys of life helps determine if you’ll make it to the mountaintops. When you are to murmer and complain, instead of being grateful, consider the following:


Are You Blessed?

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…

you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…

you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…

you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace…

you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married…

you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…

you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you prayed yesterday and today…

you are in the minority because you believe God does hear and answer prayers.

If you can read now, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.


We all have so much for which we should be grateful; family, friends, health, the ability to make a difference in someone else’s life, the opportunity to serve others, the chance to grow and develop as individuals and the possibility to be better people and educators than we were last year. Show gratitude and humility when acknowledging your blessings and don’t ever let the occasion slip by to say, “Thank You!”

You simply will not be the person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life.

And you will have set in  motion an ancient spiritual law:

The more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given to you.”

– Sarah Ban Brethnach

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

I mentioned earlier about how polarising ourselves from mediocrity can improve our relationships and I really want us all to focus our energy and attention this year on forgetting ourselves and start doing all we can to help others by encouraging, edifying, lifting up, comforting, helping, giving hope, relieving pain, lifting burdens and putting smiles on other people’s faces.

“The best way to stop gossip in the workplace is to NOT get involved.

You can’t stop rumours if you are spreading them.”

– Shawn Lim

“Words spoken cannot be recalled so think twice before you speak.”

– William Shakespeare

“The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds.”

– Ivan D Illich

“Be kind – everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

– John Watson

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, I encourage you to firstly, count your blessings with gratitude, secondly to set your personal and professional goals steering clear of mediocrity, thirdly to re-commit to the noble profession you’ve chosen, with enthusiasm, fourthly to adapt the belief that you can achieve, do and have anything you set your mind on provided that you work hard with fundamental ethics and principles and lastly, to be kind, helpful and encouraging to all people.

“Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

– Proverbs 16:3

May God bless us all with wisdom, patience, tolerance, peace, love and, health and energy. May God continue to bless Townsview Primary School with success, prosperity and favour.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

– Mark Twain

Let’s get started with 2020…

Yours Faithfully

L Esterhuizen

Principal