Silence is golden. I heard the old song by the Tremeloes the other day – Silence is golden, but my eyes still see… and it got me thinking about silence in a couple of contexts.
The first context is illustrated by the old proverb ‘Speech is silver but silence is golden’ which is used when it is thought that saying nothing is preferable to speaking. There are times where each of us has spoken without thinking and then in the moment realised that what we just said is not appropriate and we wish we could unsay it. Those times when it would have been better to have remained silent rather than make a knee jerk response without thought. Words, once said, can never be unsaid no matter how many apologies or explanations you make.
Then there are those meetings where there is someone dominating the discussion. You sit there and you know, from what they are saying, that that person really doesn’t have a clue about the issue or the initiative and all they are doing is enjoying the sound of their own voice all the while allowing everyone else to see that they are making a bit of a fool of themselves. Far better to sit back and listen without saying anything. Then when the moment is right, you can contribute your gem to the discussion. The person in a meeting who is seen to be listening intently and only contributing when the time is right usually has their ideas or opinions respected far more that the blowhard who has dominated the discussion. I love this very old English statement: …all the considerable men I have known, and the most undiplomatic and unstrategic of these, forbore to babble of what they were creating and projecting….Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it, the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling and suspending Thought.
This applies to children in the classroom. The eager students who are the first to blurt out an answer or immediately give a solution without taking the time to think before speaking. We love their enthusiasm but we encourage them to slow down and give it some more thought and then give their answer; be silent for a bit. Understanding the need to stay silent while thinking and then respond is very much part of children’s learning. Those children who like to stay silent and think before they contribute can sometimes feel frustrated with themselves because it seems to them that other people think more quickly than they do. Understanding that we all think and respond at different rates and that those who are silent before answering often have the deeper ideas is also part of children’s learning. We teachers know that we need to give all children ‘wait time’, that is, don’t ask the first responders but just sit in silence for a little while before asking any child for their response.
The second context around silence is the literal meaning of silence; no sound. I’ll talk about this in the context of modern learning environments in my column next term.
There is such an excited buzz around the school, the Fair is just 3 days away. Please remember tomorrow to send into the office your baking or sweets. There are still raffle tickets available. I love the different approach to the VAS raffle where there are thirteen prizes and your ticket stays in the draw for all of those prizes. Gates open at 10am so bring your friends and family for this fun event.
Parent Interviews Next Wednesday and Thursday
Please email your comments form back to teachers by Monday so they can be prepared. Children may come to the interviews with you. Unlike the triadic interviews, your child won’t be leading the conversation, this is your opportunity to talk and share thoughts with the teacher about your child.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2019
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
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School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph 520 0603.
The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.
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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
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Flippa Ball is a fun precursor to water polo and helps children learn basic skills while building confidence in the pool. Flippa Ball is played in a shallow pool (approx. 1.0m – 1.2m deep) by Primary school aged children from year 3 up to year 6 with 7 players per team
VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts or Epsom Girls Grammar pools, catering for teams from Years 3 to 6 (mixed boys and girls). VAS teams are coached and managed by willing parents.
This term we have only 1 team playing in the year 4 / 5 flippaball league however there are a variety of year group and grades available including the 2m deep min polo.
If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website or get along to the St Cuthberts pool this Sunday (the year 4/5 VAS stingrays team are playing their final game of the term at 1:50pm) or next term (https://www.sporty.co.nz/epsomleague)
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 2 2019 please contact Tony Scott at [email protected] or text / call 021 1532 132 as entries need to be made by Wednesday 1st May (this is the is the first week back at school).
Eat My Lunch – we are trialing this:
Code Club Victoria Avenue needs you!!
We’re looking for an enthusiastic parent who has a reasonable level of coding experience to come and teach Coding for Victoria Ave students after school one night a week. We offer the class to Years 4 and above. The current set of parents now need to now pass the reins to a new group or person
- Times are usually 5.15-6.15pm on a Wednesday but ability to change this.
- We usually run Terms 2 and 3 only during the winter months.
- It’s been a very popular, fun and successful programme over the past 2 years.
Code Club Aotearoa is a part of Code Club World Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of giving children the chance to learn to code. Site materials sourced freely from Code Club World. https://codeclub.nz/
Full training and materials provided including a group of enthusiastic kids! Its hugely rewarding and our parent group is very supportive
If interested or require more information, please contact David on 021 2488388 or [email protected]