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Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Embrace the ‘b’ word over the break!

We all want the best for our children. As tempting as it might be to book them into every seemingly educational extracurricular opportunity that we see advertised – including during their holidays- we might just be placing our children under too much pressure.

Shortly before the pandemic I heard award-winning writer and speaker, Carl Honore, speak to a packed audience in Sydney Town Hall. Honore’s message was simple: please let your child experience a childhood. We all need some ‘downtime’, including children. To enable our children to grow into good people, they need time to play, reflect, discover and to daydream. They need to learn about ethics, love and compassion, and to have time to “disappear into a moment”. As parents we seem to be scared of the ‘b’ word (boredom), but Honore suggests that children actually gain perspective from experiencing boredom at times in their busy lives.

Students at Investigator experience a high degree of academic rigour at school, supported by a growing number of co-curricular programs, so please be mindful of not overcrowding their after-hours time and holiday breaks with too many additional activities. Simple family pleasures such as playing a board game, going for a walk, a bike ride, brushing the dog, a game of cards or cooking together can help create lovely childhood memories that your child can draw upon on days when things are not going so well. Happy memories help create resilient children and adults who are poised for continued success.

This will be our final edition for the term, as next week will be our final week of Term 2. I thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at our community bonfire on Sunday at Currency Creek.

Lessons resume on Tuesday 26 July.

John Robinson


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