For obvious reasons, I have thought back to the Australian cricket side, dealing with personal trauma after a devastating accident rocked the cricket world. On 25 November 2014, Phil Hughes was struck by a bouncer on the neck, during a first class game in Sydney. The incident caused a vertebral artery dissection and led to a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Hughes underwent surgery, and was placed into an induced coma. Sadly, he never regained consciousness, and died on 27 November.
Our senses (sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste) are powerful and necessary tools to perceive and navigate the world but they are not that powerful, or accurate enough, to judge the entire situation or complexity. How we interpret that sensory information affects how we interact with the world, leaving a lot of room open for our interpretations and judgments and hence differences in perceptions.
The 1st of September in the Southern Hemisphere is considered to be the dawn of a new season, that of spring. This isthe season of growth, rejuvenation, renewal, warmth and longer days. Springtime is often used as an opportunity todust ourselves off and freshen up, as well as a seasonal reference point to start anew with anything we’ve attempted but left behind. Spring also gives us yet another opportunity to plant a new seed of intention and patiently wait for what might grow from our renewed efforts.
This week we received incredibly exciting news; Liselihle Maphekula was selected into the SA u18 Rugby team and Aphiwe Mnyanda was selected into the SA u19 Cricket side. In fact, you will be able to watch the SA u19 side compete in the Provincial T20 Knockout competition soon. We are thrilled for both young men, who have the most incredible work ethic and passion for their sport.
The onset of the pandemic saw everyone scrambling to find alternative ways to get things done in the “new normal”. Schools and businesses have had to take creative leaps to help them adjust to an entirely different world while disrupting their own thinking for more innovative gain.
Dream Project - Becoming a Reality
At the end of last year, our staff developed a bold plan when brainstorming an outrageous plan to celebrate the 150 year landmark of Graeme College in 2023. The idea of an indoor sports venue was created because of a number of reasons. Initially the idea started as a hopeful dream, considering if we ever went ahead it obviously needed to be funded by donations and obviously not from any school funds. The thinking behind the project was that the school hall was becoming overused, and it was very much the home of cultural events and practices.
It can feel more than a little frustrating to see some Women’s Month messages, that are merely superficial words without much tangible action. Initially those frustrations seem to be manifested in the daily activities within our developing nation, but then just a couple of global examples in the last few weeks, has shown that it is not just within our own context. I don't want to harp on the negative, but I also don't want to portray a view where we think that we have achieved much change yet. In many cases, things are very much on the right track; studies have shown significant improvements in education levels amongst girls in developing nations, and in most cases elite athletes are receiving equal financial remuneration. I know the US ladies football team lost their claim of equal pay in court, during May 2020. In July this year they were still working on the appeal process but had made some ground with regards to equal working conditions already. This all seems quite bizarre considering that the US women’s players are the current world champions. Maybe not so ‘bizarre’ if you consider the chaos during the current Olympic Games and other international events. This is just a few stories that I have seen in headlines recently:
For all who were glued to television sets, or who followed the various social media platforms during the winter break, the amount of pain, suffering, disruption and damage, caused by the pandemic, has wreaked havoc across society. Although this cannot be understated, ignored or denied, on other fronts, the pandemic has acted as a catalyst for rapid, sweeping change. Riding alongside this pandemic has also been a plethora of disruptions and lawlessness. We are now currently living in an environment we did not plan for nor truly expected to experience in our lifetime. We can no longer define ourselves by where we’ve been or what we’ve achieved previously, as it has become imperative that we are able to adapt and re-invent our systems whilst continuously moving forward. Out of all the negativity, the human spirit at Graeme College has given us a reason to be positive and to believe that, if we all stand together, great things can happen.
With the expected announcement on Sunday night, there are so many different emotions associated with our combined responses to the move to Level 4. Initially there is a level of frustration - that we don't seem to get it right with regards to social distancing and covid protocols. I read a meme this morning that said:
In one of Victoria Prooday’s (Occupational Therapist and Psychotherapist) blogs ('The silent tragedy affecting today’s children') she discusses the silent tragedy unfolding in our homes that concern our most precious jewels - our children. Victoria, through her work with hundreds of children and families, has noticed a steady increase in children’s mental illness.
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