Dear Parents,

Final Newsletter and Season of Altruism 

A while back,  I walked into our reception area and there was a wonderful Christmas tree. The realization that the festive season is upon us and that the end of the year is drawing closer dawned on me.

I have only been at the school for the final quarter of the year, yet in that short space of time, I have become acquainted with teachers, students and parents. I have endeavoured to observe as many classes as possible in both the High and Montessori schools. The Art exhibitions were a highlight, and it was a wonderful opportunity to converse with proud parents. My experiences over this time allowed me to appreciate that I have taken over the mantle of leadership of a school that adds great value to the children. I look forward to building on this foundation in the future.

Before I wish you all the best for the festive season and holiday, I think it is important to draw your attention to the opportunity that this time of year presents. As a society, we can be drawn into the commercialism and the emphasis on “getting a gift“ rather than the true meaning of the festive season, which is that of “giving a gift”.

Altruism is a word not often used. However, it is a powerful concept, in that it describes the selfless concern for the well-being of others. We can present models of great altruism. Being mindful of others and giving unselfishly can inculcate the concept of giving being associated with the wonderful feeling of making a difference to someone. What ideas can we share with our children to nurture this approach? Here are some:

    • Visit a nursing home. This time of year, elderly people can be very lonely and a visit with a little gift can make their day

    • Instead of a gift that requires a monetary cost, children can make their own handmade vouchers for members of the family. A voucher to help mom or dad with chores around the house. A voucher to help a sibling with their work.

    • A monetary gift to a charity is an obvious choice. However, what would be more significant is approaching the charity and asking how they as a child can make a difference. Often it will be spending time and working at the charity and helping with tasks.

    • Make journals of appreciation. Parents and children each make a photographic or written journal. The idea is to express appreciation for the shared memories that they have created together as a family. They then exchange these as gifts.

I thank you again for the support you have shown the school and wish you a wonderful festive season and time spent with family and friends.

Kind regards,

John Alexander