Message from the Principal,  Mr Harmse

In today’s fast-paced life, we have become accustomed to quick solutions. Parents feel their children must get ahead, and as a result, there are no limits to ‘extras’. If our children are happy, we are excellent parents.

Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Every child is different and unique. Each one grows at their own pace, and we must take the time to get to know our children. Parents with two or more children in the house will attest to this. Traits of Mom and Dad are present in each child.

Being part of something is more important than winning. Children who go to school feeling secure and accepted are happy children. Knowing that I am the most important person to my parents, but that I also do my best, that is how we avoid disappointing each other. I will work hard, even if I don’t get 100% on a test. No one is perfect, that’s why I am fallible. Sometimes I will make unwise decisions, but that’s not the end, that’s how I learn.

Encouragement is important, but unnecessary pressure leads children to make mistakes. If you approach your school career as a marathon – and not a race – you will realize it doesn’t end during your school years. Parents’ inputs do diminish as children learn to take on more responsibility. Each child’s journey to adulthood happens on their own path and at their own pace.

Lastly, having older children in the house is a big challenge. Each one should receive responsibilities according to their age. The younger ones may quickly think they are grown up and then are confronted with things that are not age-appropriate. Unfortunately, the clock cannot be turned back.

Enjoy the marathon with your children. Give them the opportunity to handle the ups and downs of life themselves. Encourage and wipe away tears. Be careful not to take over your child’s race or lose their trust. Enjoy it. It can sometimes be challenging, but it’s always worth it.

God’s blessings on you and your child’s marathon. We are here for support and encouragement. Let’s join hands!

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