Headmaster’s eNewsletter – 18 March 2020

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Dear Parents / Guardians,

Much has happened since I sat down and began writing this newsletter on 12 March. In many ways, it feels as if we woke up one morning a few days ago… and are now living in a different world. Many would say a much scarier one.

With the arrival of the coronavirus in South Africa, the sending out of this letter became less of a priority as other vital bits of information needed to be shared and communicated. Although adapted, from my original newsletter last week, herewith the last of the newsletters from the 1st Quarter.

Social media and other platforms are being scrutinized and watched intensely… yet life must and does go on. In the wake of the international pandemic, Canadians have coined a new phrase overnight called “caremongering” …as opposed to “scaremongering”. The idea was birthed by a group of people who decided that they “wanted to switch that (scaremongering) around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other…with kindness”. At the heart of this phenomenon, on social media, is the idea to spread kindness. Good news in a world of fear and uncertainty.

The link to the short article is https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51915723

One of our parents was commenting to me the other day how he / she believed our children are living in a state of anxiety. Whether it be about the issue of sustainability, climate change, security, the coronavirus… the list is endless. Everyone’s realities are different, and yet, also the same in many respects. In our Senior Primary Assembly last Monday, I spoke about the idea of “unity is strength”, illustrating it with a short, “humorous” cartoon clip. Equipping our children with emotional quotient (EQ) skills is vital in a confusing world.

Interestingly enough, on chatting to Christy Herselman, who addressed our parents recently about the responsible use of digital media by our children… she referred to a third and newly identified quotient – Love Quotient. The first two being: Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ) and now, Love Quotient. Watch this space…

These past two weeks has also seen our staff, children and parents engaging with numerous speakers/and or presentations.