What is your attitude?

Friday, 16 Apr 2021

Dear Parents, last week I posted a short article on our school’s Facebook page about gratitude. It appeared in a recent Focus on the Family® e-newsletter. Its message on gratitude resonates with me because it is easy to feel ‘wronged’ when we don’t get what we feel ‘entitled’ to. The article reminds its readers that the Lord calls us to a different standard that has benefits both for our families and society in general:

Researchers have consistently found that grateful people tend to be happier, healthier, more optimistic and less stressed when life gets challenging. Throughout the New Testament we learn that gratitude is clear evidence of a healthy Christian. In Colossians, the apostle Paul describes what our “new self” should look like. “Be ye thankful,” he urges us (Colossians 3:15).

It’s refreshing when someone expresses genuine gratitude. It creates a sense of connection and peace. Parents who practice demonstrating gratitude to their kids reap these same benefits. Here are some benefits kids receive when their parents practice gratitude:

·       Attitude: Genuine gratitude teaches kids to be respectful and humble. They are less entitled and more able to recognize the truth that their lives are filled with gifts, blessings and privileges.

·       Peacefulness: Kids learn to be happy with what they have rather than being thirsty for the next thing or moment. Peacefulness is a full-time constant.

·       Perspective: Kids learn how to pay attention to what they have rather than what they don’t have.

·       Flexibility: It allows kids to see difficult circumstances as opportunities to grow, rather than horrible problems that must be avoided.

Gratitude is truly an attitude—and that is what makes it easy and difficult all at the same time.” (Source: Focus on the Family® e-newsletter, ‘It rhymes with attitude’, 10 April 2021)

Gratitude extends to the way we approach acts of service as well. I have been reminded in church a few weeks ago that when we or our children are asked to do something for the family or someone else, it is easy to respond, “Do I have to do this?” … our pastor has challenged us to turn this statement around and rather respond “I am so grateful that I get to do this”. Let us commit as a community to have an attitude of gratitude in everything that we do. The benefits make it worth it!

Speaking of gratitude, I am incredibly grateful to the Lord for His blessing on our school and its community this term. We have students in every available classroom on our campus. Despite two unexpected lockdowns, our students have been able to participate in the Year 5-13 school camp. Our Year 3-6 students have participated in the Community Swimming Programme on a weekly basis. We have been able to host parents for our annual Parent Orientation. Our Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award students have completed their first tramp of the year at Rangitoto. Our chess teams participated in a national online chess tournament and our intermediate team came second overall. Our students participated in the Auckland Christian Schools Touch Rugby Tournament and almost all of our teams were involved in a semi-final, our intermediate team placing 4th. The teachers have been grateful for a less disruptive second half of the term, working hard to create a teaching and learning environment that will enable students to make meaningful academic progress and learn the value of Christian service. “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 136:1).

On 25 May, the school will celebrate its 40th birthday. We are incredibly grateful to God for the way in which He has faithfully led and sustained the school the past four decades. If you are subscribed to our Facebook or Instagram accounts, you may have seen that we plan on celebrating the school’s birthday Saturday 29 May with a Family Fun Day, 10 am to 2:30 pm, and a 40th Anniversary Dinner (limited tickets and adults only), 6 pm. Present families are warmly invited to attend these events and invite friends and extended family along. Please diarise this event! If you have any questions, please email us at admin@tyndalepark.school.nz.

We hope you will be able to enjoy quality family time the next two weeks. We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 3 May, 8:50 am. Now may “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

Barend Blom – Principal

Grateful for being able to have camp this term!

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