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Principal’s Panui 1 April 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku


I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in my life.

It’s my personal approach that creates the climate.

It’s my daily mood that makes the weather.

I get to choose my attitude to each and every situation.

I can be an energy creator or an energy vampire.


Once there was a king who summoned all his advisers to meet him before he went to war. He had fought and won many battles, and wanted his advisers to give him wise advice that would encourage him when he lost, and at the same time, keep his head level when he won.

The advisers came back with several ideas, but they were all rejected by the king. Fearful for their lives, the advisers climbed a very tall mountain to meet with a wise old oracle who lived there. The oracle gave them words of advice for the King. 

The next day, the advisers met with the King and presented him with a ring they had made. Inside the ring were four words inscribed in the gold.

The four words were: “This, too, shall pass”.

Just as they did long ago for the King, these four words remind us that every moment will pass. In times of extreme happiness, we need to gently remind ourselves to keep a level head and not be too full of ourselves – for this, too, shall pass. 

In a moment of extreme frustration, anger or sadness, we can remind ourselves not to stay devastated, or lie awake at night worrying, for this, too, shall pass. We should reflect on what we can do better and then start from where our feet are now.

Much of our life is made up of moments that pass by. Worry and regret serve little purpose. Victory and triumph last only an instant.

As Mother Teresa said, “Yesterday is gone”. Don’t worry unduly about what has been done, we can all learn to be better today than we were yesterday, “Tomorrow has not yet come”, some of the things that may fill your head with worry may never happen, that’s wasted energy.

And finally what is left. “We have only today. Let us begin.”

Today is a gift that’s why it is called the present. So I encourage you all to start from where your feet are now, connect your head, heart and soul in the place that you are now. Focus on what’s important now.

Little steps in the right direction from where your feet are now and build confidence in your future self by what you do in the present.

Kia Kaha
Gary Moore

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