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Junior Prep Notices 6February2015

Etched HandCOURAGEOn Wednesday morning during assembly we introduced the six new core values to the children. We will be sharing a value a month for the next six months with the school community. I have included below an extract on courage written by Melanie Greenberg, PhD.

Courage is something that everybody wants — an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect. From the Bible to fairy tales; ancient myths to Hollywood movies,our culture is rich with exemplary tales of bravery and self-sacrifice for the greater good. From the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz who finds the courage to face the witch, to David battling Goliath in the Bible, to Star Wars and Harry Potter, children are raised on a diet of heroic and inspirational tales.

Yet courage is not just physical bravery. History books tell colorful tales of social activists, such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, who chose to speak out against injustice at great personal risk. Entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, who took financial risks to follow their dreams and innovate are like modern-day knights, exemplifying the rewards and public accolades that courage can bring. There are different types of courage, ranging from physical strength and endurance to mental stamina and innovation. The below quotes demonstrate six different ways in which we define courage.

Below are six areas of life where we many need and will need courage. We will use these areas to define courage at Grayston.

(1) Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act
Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. Have the courage to act instead of react.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
(2) Following Your Heart
“Passion is what drives us crazy, what makes us do extraordinary things, to discover, to challenge ourselves. Passion is and should always be the heart of courage.” ― Midori Komatsu
3) Persevering in the Face of Adversity
When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger. — Mark Rutherford
(4) Standing Up For What Is Right
Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself ― N.D. Wilson, Dandelion Fire
(5) Expanding Your Horizons; Letting Go of the Familiar
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. — Lord Chesterfield
(6) Facing Suffering With Dignity or Faith…
There is no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bear witness that a man has the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer. — Frank

Please visit the Grayston Blog ( to read the story of courage in the school environment, written by Stuart Rothgeisser of Roth Communications.

Staff matters: Regrettably, Mrs Gibbs has resigned and will be leaving us at the end of June. She and her husband have decided to spread their wings and gain some international teaching experience in Japan and we are sure that you will join us in wishing them well in their endeavours. We have been fortunate enough to secure the services of Ms Nicola Bosman, who hails from Somerset West, to take Tamlyn’s place in Grade 1G. Nicola will join us on 1 June and will team teach with Tamlyn for a month. This will allow for a smooth transition from one teacher to another, will give Nicola the opportunity to get to know the children, participate in parent interviews and familiarise herself with Grayston policies and procedures before she takes over the reins. We have no doubt that your children will be in good hands and will thrive in Nicola’s care!

Junior Prep Class Party: We look forward to seeing all our Junior Prep families at the class party this Friday, 6 February at 5:00pm. Please bring along a picnic supper for your family. To give the children plenty of place to play, we will gather on Sam’s Field so picnic blankets and camp chairs are a must!

Swimming: The swimming days for next week are as follows –

Monday, 9 February – Grade One Group 4; Grade Three boys
Tuesday, 10 February – Grade One Group 1; Grade Two Group 1
Thursday, 12 February – Grade One Group 2; Grade Two Group 2
Friday, 13 February – Grade Two Group 3; Grade Three girls

Prayer for Grayston: Please note that the prayer group will now meet every Tuesday morning at 7:00am to pray for the wider Grayston School family. You are most welcome to join them in the Blue Room, which is the small auditorium classroom above the library. For further information please contact Amy on 082 418 2465 or

The Week Ahead:

Fri 6 Feb 2015 13:45 Swimming A Gala Dainfern
Fri 6 Feb 2015 13:45 Swimming B Gala Redhill
Fri 6 Feb 2015 13:45 Swimming C Gala Grayston
Fri 6 Feb 2015 17:30 Montrose Night Series Montrose
Mon 9 Feb 2015 13:45 Gr 2 Cricket Match St David’s
Mon 9 Feb 2015 13:45 U10 A Cricket Match Bryanston
Mon 9 Feb 2015 13:45 U10 B Cricket Match Graytson
Tue 10 Feb 2015 07:30 Class Parent’s Breakfast Grayston
Tue 10 Feb 2015 13:45 Gr 2 T-Ball Match Grayston
Tue 10 Feb 2015 13:45 Chess Match Grayston
Tue 10 Feb 2015 13:45 U10 / U11 A Cricket Match Grayston
Tue 10 Feb 2015 13:45 U10 / U11 B Cricket Match St Stithian’s
Tue 10 Feb 2015 14:00 Hilton College Entrance Exams
Wed 11 Feb 2015 07:30 Gr 5P Assembly Grayston
Wed 11 Feb 2015 13:45 Fisrt XI Cricket Match Redhill
Wed 11 Feb 2015 13:45 Second XI Cricket Match Grayston
Wed 11 Feb 2015 13;45 Senior Girls Tennis Match DLSHCC
Thu 12 Feb 2015 13:45 Senior Boys A Tennis Match Grayston
Thu 12 Feb 2015 13:45 Senior Boys B Tennis Match Grayston
Thu 12 Feb 2015 13:45 Softball Matches Grayston
Thu 12 Feb 2015 13:45 U9 A Cricket Match Redhill
Thu 12 Feb 2015 13:45 U9 B Cricket Match Grayston
Fri 13 Feb 2015 13:45 Swimming A Team Gala Redhill
Fri 13 Feb 2015 17:30 Montrose Night Series Montrose
Sat 14 Feb 2015 18:00 Valentine’s Social (Gr6 & Gr7) Grayston


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