July 20, 1969. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Those famous words muttered by Neil Armstrong signified an amazing achievement for those scientists prepared to turn theory into reality. This week we remember that pivotal point in history. We should also recognise how things have changed; it has been 40 years since any other human has set foot on the moon- despite all of our technological advances.
Every day your son or daughter comes to school, the confidence they can glean from a positive, engaging interaction with their teacher is priceless. This is why it is so important for students to foster these relationships, for parents to continually talk to their child’s teacher and for our community to value the benefit to society of graduating students who are confident to take on the challenges of the world.
Walking on the moon was a significant achievement. Mathematics that held lives in the balance; there can be no greater test of one’s self-belief. Bill Gates was not a 99 ATAR student, yet his accomplishments stemmed from a self-belief that would not be quashed. Every hurdle overcome, every time he was knocked down, he got to his feet, every negative comment from the naysayers bounced off his indomitable spirit.
Please help your child discover their confidence this semester. Please acknowledge their strengths from their Semester One Report. Ask them where they need help, ask their teachers how to help and just be there to pick them up when they fall.
My challenge to you all for the second half of the year is to establish an environment at home where your child’s very best is all that you expect. Acknowledge that they will make mistakes, but as long as they learn from them, they will be okay. Encourage them that each and every day is important in education and in life. You never know who the next Neil Armstrong will be! Or the mathematician who put him there!
Mr Adian Pree