Wednesday, 15 April 2015

News from the Office, April 2015 - April's Character Trait is Co-operation


April’s Character Education Trait is Co-operation.

What is co-operation?
  • Working together for a common purpose
  • Working together to reach a common goal
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
“The only thing that will redeem mankind is co-operation.” ~Bertrand Russell
“He that does good to another does good also to himself.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 4 BC–65 AD
“We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.” ~George Bernard Shaw)
“It’s not your APTITUDE, but your ATTITUDE that determines your ALTITUDE!” ~ Anonymous

What does co-operation look like/sound like?
  • Happily doing something that will help others
  • Agreeing to play a game others want to play if it means the group will benefit
  • Helping someone in need by opening a door or helping to carry something
  • Helping to find a compromise when a group is in disagreement
  • Playing fair when participating in sports or games, and being a “good loser” and a “good winner”
  • Inviting someone who is alone or “left out” to join the group
  • Encouraging others to recognize the importance of co-operation by demonstrating the spirit of co-operation in your daily activities
  • Volunteering time or resources to a community project
  • Listening to the ideas of group members and finding ways for each person to feel valued and important
  • Offering to do a job that nobody else in the group wants to do
  • Asking the group members for their ideas and opinions
A Winning ATTITUDE and You!

ATTITUDE is a state of mind when you approach a situation.   When you have a positive attitude, the possibilities are limitless.

Why is your attitude so important?  Because it affects –
  • How you look, what you say and what you do
  • How you feel both physically and mentally
  • How successful you are in achieving your goals
Do you take a positive attitude toward yourself? 
  • Are you willing to learn?
  • Do you do your best on your schoolwork?
  • Do you demonstrate enthusiasm?
  • Are you willing to grow?
  • Do you welcome change?
  • Do you see the humour in things?
Do you take a positive attitude toward others?
  • Are you sincerely interested in others?
  • Do you look at other people’s point of view?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Are you able to work with others?
You’ll be amazed how positive thinking can make your life better.

Try practising with your family:
  • Keep each other informed—a calendar with everyone’s activities helps to keep days and evenings running smoothly
  • Be punctual – time is precious so do your best to be on time
  • Be cheerful – it keeps things light-hearted
  • Use only polite words – a few kind words can make a big difference (e.g. Please, Thank you, May I ?)
  • Be helpful – Look for ways you can assist.  If everyone chips in, it leaves more time for other activities
  • Be patient – Good things often come to those who display patience
Here are some suggestions for positive thinking at school.
  • Be dependable – get to school and finish your homework
  • Take pride in your work – this is key for success
  • Respect – yourself and the rights of others
  • Be considerate - it helps everyone to be successful
  • Knowledge – it helps you grow
  • Enthusiasm – it fuels your progress and keeps you happy
Adopting a winning ATTITUDE makes everyday living better.
  • Life is more meaningful
  • Problems are easier to handle
  • Goals are more attainable
  • Mistakes seem less disastrous
  • The future is more exciting