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Hearts before heads

What I like about Simon’s Thought and Amy’s Epiphany in this week’s Goodie Bag is that they address problems of both the heart and the head … in that order.

What I also like is that both have a focus on repairing the heart (the emotions, the connections, the relationships) before attending to matters of the head (the events, the details, the topics).

When we put the heart stuff before the head stuff, the head stuff gets easier.

Of course, the opposite is true too.


Wellbeing tips to make Term 4 a little easier.

As we approach the middle of Term 4, and with reports and end of year chaos upon us, taking care of yourself is important. This week Amy is going to share with you some Wellbeing tips to help make Term 4 a little easier.

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THOUGHTS by Simon Dewar

In every school community, there will always be some disagreement, different views or different opinions. This is especially the case in Term 4 as we make the important decisions for the year ahead. When we approach these
differences in the right way and with the right attitude, it can be healthy for growth, improvement and creating the next big idea.

Although discussing our different views is a good thing, it’s not always an easy conversation and it doesn’t always go to plan. People can get upset, offended or behave irrationally. Today’s thought isn’t about providing you with the ‘how to’ strategy for handling the conversation, it’s about one little thing you can do when that conversation goes wrong.

I’m sure we’ve all heard the advice ‘get over it’. Yes, there is probably an element of truth to that comment, but that alone won’t relieve the tension. The important thing is not to let the animosity linger. Our natural response is to avoid conflict, but that can lead to problem festering. I like to use Bill Walsh’s quote ‘Cleanse the wound before it gets infected’.

Our differences can only be resolved through discussion, so it’s crucial we talk about it.

Disagreements will happen in schools, but when we chat about them respectfully, we can avoid causing havoc for the rest of our year.


This week Amy shared why adding tasks to your to-do list that make you happy are just as important as remembering you have playground duty.

To-do lists are a task-oriented recipe, but have you ever thought about what you are actually making?

As teachers, our ingredients include lessons to be planned, emails to be replied to and books to marked. We are making a busy, task-filled, not a minute to spare day.

These ingredients are important to our day, but so too is having fun, feeling calm and experiencing moments that make you happy.

So, why not add these things to your to-do list swell?

In between the parent meetings that need scheduling and the excursion that needs planning, try adding in the things that make you smile, bring you joy or simply make you feel good. It could be something as easy as getting 10 minutes of fresh air on your lunch break, starting the day with a walk or making time each night for a family meal.

By putting these things on your to-do list and choosing ingredients which you know you enjoy, you are prioritising your happiness and taking care of your own wellbeing each day.

Warm regards,