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Principal’s Panui – 19 October 2018

Acknowledging fear or uncertainty and what to do next, What’s Important Now?

At this stage of the term, for some, there is a fear of what lies ahead with external assessments looming and for some the thought of leaving the safety net of school and what you know. Some I acknowledge are well and truly ready to go.

To those of you with those doubts I say to trust your future self.

Most of you will have tested yourself in life thus far and felt the adrenaline rush of success and the bitter tears of failure and would have learned to treat these two imposters just the same. They are moments in time and it is the values and character that you develop that remain when the emotion of these events fade into the background.

So whether it is exams, the fear of leaving school, difficult people and situations, I suggest you read the following quotes and see if any resonate with you and give you that reminder to trust your future self. Have faith in what you have learned already and be ready and willing to learn more in the future from the challenges that lie ahead.

Overcoming Fear

Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.    Brendan Francis

Not a single person has ever accomplished anything of significance without first feeling scared to death!   Rick Beneteau

Fearlessness is not the absence of fear.  It’s the mastery of fear.  It’s about getting up one more time than we fall down.  Arianna Huffington

Overcoming Obstacles

The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of obstacles removed from their path by others.  It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental and moral fibre.    William Mather Lewis

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:  if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.    Charlotte Bronte

Overcoming the Negative

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.  Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them. Saint Francis de Sales

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.  Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. Lucille Ball

A prudent person avoids unpleasant things; but a wise person overcomes them. The Chatterlings by Michael Lipman

You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. Dr Seuss

What you can do is often simply a matter of what you are willing to do. Gary Moore

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