A Message from Mrs Cohen

25 August 2017

At Middle Years Assembly this week, I spoke to the students about how we treat each other and how we approach different situations and relationships in our lives. I spoke about the fact that throughout our lives we will mostly find what we are looking for; if we look for the negative in people or situations we will find it, if we look for the positive we will find that too.

Too often, as normal human beings, we make up our minds about places, situations and people before even being exposed to them. How often has your daughter said that she is dreading something because it will be too hard, she won't like the people or that teacher will be too strict? Of course this will probably be exactly how it turns out as this is her expectation and what she is looking for. On the other hand if she seeks challenging work, interacting with a diverse range of people and a teacher with strong discipline and high standards, then that is most likely what she will find.

I shared this story with the girls:

A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment.

"What sort of people live in the next town?" asked the stranger.

"What were the people like where you've come from?" replied the farmer, answering the question with another question.

"They were a bad lot. Troublemakers all, and lazy too. The most selfish people in the world, and not a one of them to be trusted. I'm happy to be leaving the scoundrels."

"Is that so?" replied the old farmer. "Well, I'm afraid that you'll find the same sort in the next town.

Disappointed, the traveler trudged on his way, and the farmer returned to his work.

Some time later another stranger, coming from the same direction, hailed the farmer, and they stopped to talk. "What sort of people live in the next town?" he asked.

"What were the people like where you've come from?" replied the farmer once again.

"They were the best people in the world. Hard working, honest, and friendly. I'm sorry to be leaving them."

"Fear not," said the farmer. "You'll find the same sort in the next town." (www.pitt.edu)

Mrs Kim Cohen

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