WELCOME TO EDENGLEN PRIMARY SCHOOL
Ms H Broodryk
FROM THE (ACTING) PRINCIPAL’S DESK:
2017 arrived with a bang and the holidays of 2016 are but a distant memory. Time waits for no man (or woman!) and it seems that the pressures placed on children in modern times increase with the arrival of each new year. As I moved from class to class to meet the children, I could not help but be overcome by a sense of excitement and expectation. The young minds before us could belong to the next Elon Musk, Patrice Motsepe, Cyril Ramaphosa or Thuli Madonsela. As adults we tend to look towards role models in the wider community, but we must ask what we as parents and teachers are doing to build our children to become the next generations of icons and role models.
Believe it or not, this process starts at school. The love of learning, respect for those who are different to us, forging a sense of community, innovative and “out the box” thinking – we need to encourage our children to foster these traits and it begins by teaching a common value system. It starts as early as Grade R – learning to listen to the teacher and friends when they speak and extends to playtime, where the children are taught to share their things. There is no better or comforting sight than when a young child shares his lunch with his friend in the class whom he sees did not have lunch today. Such qualities are far more valuable than being able to colour in the lines (although our ECD practitioners will put forward a strong case for the simultaneous development of such academic skills), for they show that our young children are developing compassion and empathy for others, which in turn will shape them into becoming wise adults committed to the upliftment of others.
Life skills are such a vital part of one’s development and cannot be acquired by studying facts from a textbook or repeating endless formulae and equations. They are learned from a child’s interaction with people like you and me. How do we teach our children to resolve conflict? Do we write aggressive notes in a homework diary or swear at the driver who has just cut us off in traffic? Or do we hear the other side and accept that there are three sides to the story, or smile and wave at the person who has dared to make us five seconds late at our destination, remembering that there are always those who will get ahead of us in life? As teachers and parents, children model our every word and... [Continue Reading]
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