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Principal’s Panui – 16 August 2019

At Rutherford we value little acts of human kindness.


It is good to be confident in yourself and to always strive for personal excellence.  Happy successful people strive not only to be their best but to be great in how they treat others.

We have also seen the player who scores and then runs around the field pointing at himself and calling attention to his achievement.

C S Lewis, the author of the Narnia books, said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less”.

Humility is sometimes referred to as ‘the quiet virtue’. Humble people usually know their own strengths and weaknesses, are open to new ideas, and are able to appreciate the talents and needs of others.

Humble people are not walked over by others. Research has revealed that humble people are the people we like best of all.

They are more likely to be successful in life, Why? One reason is that they are less selfish and more understanding.

Boastful, arrogant people are more likely to get angry with other people and nurse grudges, playing games like refusing to speak or sending nasty messages or getting others to gang up. They are more likely to run around the field pointing to themselves!

But humble people help their friends find solutions when they disagree, instead of having an argument or fight. They have lots of friends because they are nice to be with.  They are more likely to be able to see the world through the eyes of others.

As Atticus Finch said to his daughter Scout in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” 

Acknowledgement: David Briggs, Yale.

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