Term 2, Week 2: From the Principal’s Desk

Choices, we all make them, and no matter how small we may think they are, they all contribute to moving us towards our destiny.
Hippocrates said “let food be your medicine” and although this quote is over 2000 years old, we now know, with benefit of modern science, that all the food we put in our mouths either makes us stronger and healthier or it promotes weight gain and a range of sicknesses from diabetes to various forms of cancer.
It is also very clear that health and learning are strongly connected in a physiological sense. However, there is also a connection in the metaphorical sense. The choices that students make with regard to subjects they choose moves them towards an end point. Surprisingly, while subject choices do have some impact on future careers, the most significant impact on students’ destiny is made on a daily basis. The choice students make in class to focus on the lesson or to watch the clock with the hope that time will move more quickly. The choices students make each evening at home: Do I play games, surf social media and watch TV or do I follow a study plan, review and complete homework tasks? As with food choices, every choice made moves a student closer or further from their desired destiny.
Small choices made on a daily basis are what make the difference between successful and unsuccessful people. The Chinese proverb “a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”, is a call to action to begin a journey. At Prescott College we daily challenge our students to grow their characters and make good strong choices; academically, socially, physically and spiritually.
God also challenges us to make good choices based on His word in Proverbs 14:12 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” We all make choices. Let us encourage our students to make good choices based upon wise counsel.

Mr Peter Charleson (Principal and Science Teacher)
13 May, 2016

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