..WHO CAN WE BLAME....?
The airways today are certainly full of the blame culture.
I suppose that blaming someone else is historical - not a new problem. We have always seem to want to blame others.
I recall on my second day of being a headmaster in a school - a parent came in and blamed the school (and myself) for her son contracting a compulsive hand washing disorder!
And today - who can we blame for the border problems, the state of the economy, the loss of the BLUES vs CRUSADERS game from Eden Park and the fact that my little toe has a blister..!
Who can we blame for the appalling literacy and numeracy rates among NZ children? The disgraceful attendance numbers in NZ schools? The obesity in the young..? The loss of religion in society..etc..
Who can we blame ..for whatever?
What a waste of effort!
The blame game is, of course, alive and well in these pre-election theatrics where political sides compete for an advantage. Politics is after all, a blood sport.
But I sense that blaming whoever and whatever has become an out of control national sport. It has become the go-to position when life gets edgy and out of control.
The internet has become a new coliseum where some people delight in tearing others to bits - not with spears and axes - but with keyboards, sarcasm and threats.
I am sure that fear is at the basis of all these attacks. Passing the buck to someone else is also part of the issue. Maybe it is something to the effect that we can only cope by lashing out to all and anyone..especially those closest to us. But the hurt of being blamed lingers as a victim.
This blaming culture was recently brought to our notice about the family who contracted the virus and its cluster. The social media blaming was horrific and vicious. Showing compassion to the family as part of a solution would surely be a better idea.
The virus infection after all is a problem to be solved .The family didn’t ask to be infected.
Maybe we all need to take a deep breath.
The referee is always right ..even when wrong.
Being a teacher is about doing your best with your students..even when it is not.
Leadership of any organisation doesn’t always get it right.
Maybe there is something in the last two letters of the word -blaME- as part of any solution!
I grew up with that biblical phrase from Matthew 5
“Be you perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect”
I have since learnt that the translation really means
“ Be you compassionate as your Heavenly Father is compassionate”
What a difference in thought!
Perfection can lead to guilt and blame when we don’t reach the heights.Compassion leads to understanding and solutions.
Congratulations to those staff who have organised food parcels and support to families.
Thank you to the many families who have helped in their donations to other families.
Your sons are doing well. Keep them at the task of being good students first and foremost.
Many dates of College events have been changed or postponed.
In His Peace
We are currently in Alert Level 3 and, as per email communications, St Paul's College is back using online learning. This will continue until the end of Alert Level 3.
Keep looking for those overdue books from before our first LockdownI We still have about 100 outstanding very OVERDUE books out there. Look under beds, behind cupboards, in the car boot, anywhere! We would really like them back as soon as we return!
During lockdown, all curriculum music classes are happening on Zoom. If your son is taking music, he is expected to attend these classes as per the regular school timetable.
We have now started work on our 2020 Yearbook, and what a year it has been for everyone!
With the change in COVID-19 alert levels to Level 3 across the Auckland region, the wellbeing of our community is paramount.
You're invited to AUT LIVE on Saturday 29 August.
Mothers! Come and enjoy a night of Bling, Glitz & Glamour....Friday 11th September 2020
When: Saturday 19th September 2020
Subject to Covid-19 alert levels allowing
|When: Friday, 21st August 10:00am to 10:30amTIC: CBH, KFY, STU, MWS|
|When: Wednesday, 26th August 1:00pm to 6:00pmTIC: CBH|
Location: Champagnat Block - Level 2
|When: Thursday, 27th August 3:00pm to 7:00pmTIC: CBH|
Location: Br Anselm Hall
|When: Monday, 31st August 3:30pm to 5:00pmTIC: DMT |
Location: Cox's Bay
|When: Tuesday, 1st September|
|When: Tuesday, 1st September 8:00am to 8:40amTIC: GSE|
|When: Tuesday, 1st September 3:30pm to 6:00pmTIC: MTM|
Location: Champagnat Block - MWS, MTG Classrooms
|When: Wednesday, 2nd September|
|When: Wednesday, 2nd September 12:05pm to 1:00pmTIC: MTA |
Location: Auditorium Space
|When: Wednesday, 2nd September 4:00pm to 6:00pmTIC: DSS|
Location: St. Peter's 1
|When: Wednesday, 2nd September 4:00pm to 6:00pmTIC: MTA|
Location: St. Peter's 1
|When: Wednesday, 2nd September 4:00pm to 6:00pmTIC; DMT, STU|
|When: Wednesday, 2nd September 4:00pm to 6:00pmTIC: DMT, MPA|
Location: Aorere College
|When: Wednesday, 2nd September 4:00pm to 6:00pmTIC: DMT|
|When: Wednesday, 2nd September 2:30pm to 4:00pmTIC: MTG|
Location: Royal Oak Intermediate
|When: Thursday, 3rd September 7:00am to 8:30amGuest Speaker Karl Vasau|
TIC: KFY, MWS
Location: Auditorium Space
|When: Thursday, 3rd September 12:05pm to 1:00pmTIC: PDA|
|When: Friday, 4th September 3:30pm to 4:30pmTIC: HMS |
Location: St. Paul's College Gym