Headmistress (Middle School)

Break the Conventional

"Men's mind stretched to a new own idea never goes back to its own original dimension." (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Beyond the Conventional

"Hello Tomorrow, my old friend! It's good to know you're waiting around as this day ends...."

No, this is not the latest pop entry on the retro music scene, but just a way of saying there is always a more productive way to greet and live a new day.

Does this entail more work? Yes, and no. We are all weary of dreary drudgery.

Does this imply that "unconventional” is another word for rule-breaking, nonconforming, anti-establishment?

Certainly not! It is just another way of putting together all those old terms : thinking out of the box; Blue skying; Breaking the Glass Ceiling....yes and no...does curiosity kill the cat.? Not if you are into old myths, because how do you explain that a cat has nine lives?

We know they have only one life, as we do, so let’s not waste a moment of it.

Some of our time must be spent on reading new 'stuff'. Watch a video called The Story of Stuff.

You will be thinking or rather pondering about all this. Ask yourself questions.

Is there a better way to achieve my goal?

Consider Time and Motion studies, including emotion and e-motion. You cannot do anything without either.

Anthony Robbins, a well-known psycho analyst and author, has written a book entitled Awaken the Giant Within.

Note the word Giant. A larger than life human being.

That is how Robbins classes 21st century humans.

He says: Change your limiting beliefs.

Raise your standards.

This is the only way we can effect lasting change.

"This subject has no end. If all the seas of the world were ink, andall the trees of all the forestswere pens, and all the atoms of the air were scribes, still they could not describe the union and reunions of pure and divine souls and their reciprocal loves.” (Rumi)

In a world that has dwarfed its ability to stand tall as the creative energy which fashioned each unique chesspiece on Earth It matters little who sits on the seat or throne of governance. Be consistent, be honest, and care for the poor.

A financial planner claims to control spending and debt. Leave your money and chequebook at home.

A'devil' jokehas an anchor asking the devil what its favourite cruelty would be and what it likes best. Satan replies "Ah! Yes, credit cards!"

If we do not spend, we remain outof debt. What happens to the economy if nooneis buying?

The obvious answer is stay out of debt and buy judiciously. Give to those in real need. You might save the lifeof a starving child. If that sounds extreme, I ask:Which planet are you living on?

On the one hand we are inviting teachers from America of all places. They do not speak English. They speak Americanese. They even have different spelling, different words for day to day items. They say lift for elevator. Their regional accents are very marked. All this will be at great cost to us.

On the other hand we are told that English is a foreign language, a colonial rope left behind to hang our ethnicity. Yet, it is the only language, so far, that every nation on this planet has some acquaintance with.

You are free to dispute this. Give good reasons. Pro-English, as a link language, or Anti-English, give reasons for choosing the alternative.

A medical emergency we could encounter in our own homes or in a shopping mall, at a party, picnic, or parade is a CVA, a cardiovascular accident. A stroke. Teachers often wonder how prepared their pupils are to deal with life’s emergencies. They know that sitting forward over a folded shawl or pillow and sipping warm water helps asthmatics. Pollution levels are high. Good citizens will not litter or burst crackers. If someone has injured a hand or foot, look for the severed finger or toe and keep in clean saline (salt) solution. You can save someone a future and unnecessary expense of wearing a prosthetic all his/her life.

Well, there are lots of girls and boys being treated for any number of emergencies. Stroke affects mainly adults.

The symptoms vary. Extreme fatigue, thirst, a tendency to stammer, pins, and needles in the face, then slurring of speech, drooping of eyelid and mouth. Loss of sensation on one side, collapse and coma are the worst-case scenario. The sooner a person gets to a stroke facility the better the chance of survival. Find out where these are located, or which hospital has a special stroke unit. They will look the other way and say it is none of their business.

Einstein didn't annunciate the theory of relativity, his wife did.

This is what we call "half-baked ideas; minimum knowledge maximum dissemination; fake news."

Einstein and his wife to be were science students together,

Yes, she was a brainy lady. It was natural for two scientists, physicists really, to share research. Transferring credit to Melanie Einstein is beyond ridiculous.

Yet we choose the ridiculous because it is more newsworthy, a chatting point, its unconventional.

“it's Albert”, in a 1919 postcard he wrote to his mother from Israel, "Dear Mother, Good news today...".

He went on to tell her that his general theory of relativity had been proved and accepted. This dispatch along with many other papers can now be accessed on-line via the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. When we do not get our facts, right is when the unconventional breaks the tethers of reality.

Finally, the world is experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, causing untold human suffering and death, unravelling of social relationships, and robbing individuals of livelihoods and countries of prosperity. The coronavirus pandemic has strained health systems, revealed unconscionable inequalities, and upended international institutions.

COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in at least one positive thing: a much greater appreciation for the importance of schools. As parents struggle to work with their children at home due to school closures, public recognition of the essential caretaking role schools play in society has skyrocketed. As young people struggle to learn from home, parents’ gratitude for all staff and teachers, their skills, and their invaluable role in student well-being, has risen. As communities struggle to take care of their vulnerable children and youth, decisionmakers are having to devise new mechanisms for delivering essential services from food to education to health care.

I believe there is a God who bends his ear to listen, and so let us all pray:

For the sick and infected: God, heal and help. Sustain bodies and spirits. Contain the spread of infection.

For our vulnerable populations: God, protect our elderly and those suffering from chronic disease. Provide for the poor, especially the uninsured.

For the young and the strong: God, give them the necessary caution to keep them from unwittingly spreading this disease. Inspire them to help.

For the media, committed to providing up-to-date information: God, help them to communicate with appropriate seriousness without causing panic.

For those with mental health challenges who feel isolated, anxious, and helpless: God, provide them every necessary support.

For the homeless, unable to practice the protocols of social distancing in the shelter system: Protect them from disease and provide isolation shelters in every city.

For international travelers stuck in foreign countries: God, help them return home safely and quickly.

For workers in a variety of institutions, industries facing layoffs and financial hardship: God, keep them from panic, and inspire your church to generously support them.

For families with young children at home for the foreseeable future: God, help mothers and fathers to partner together creatively for the care and flourishing of their children. For single mothers and fathers, grow their networks of support.

For parents who cannot stay home from work but must find care for their children: God, present them with creative solutions.

God Bless each one of you

Mrs. Sangeeta Sheel
Headmistress, Middle Section