EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEWSLETTER

ATST ED NEWSLETTER TERM 3 2016

“INSTRUCTION DOES MUCH, BUT ENCOURAGEMENT EVERYTHING .” [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe] My first team soccer coach at school was a Welshman who tried to teach me, a Scotsman, English – but that is another story! Before every match, his final words to us before we went on the pitch, proclaimed in a typically lyrical and…
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TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE – THAT IS THE QUESTION

Younger teachers may not know of The Three Degrees which was a popular pop group from the 1960s whose most well-known hits included “When Will I See You Again”. The same teachers may also not know of Kevin Bacon, a popular actor for over thirty years featuring in hit films such as ‘Footloose’, ‘JFK’, ‘Flatliners’,…
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A LOT OF GIVE AND TAKE

Marriage relationships lend themselves to many jokes and banter, like “There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage” [James Holt McGavran] and the one from Rodney Dangerfield: “My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.” Joey Adams also chips in: “Marriage is give…
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HOW CRITICAL IS OUR THINKING? FISHING FOR ANSWERS

I must confess right at the beginning that I am not a fisherman – quite a dangerous confession for someone living in Zimbabwe! It may have something to do with the fact that I do not really like eating fish but probably more to do with the fact that I was raised in Scotland where…
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ATST Executive Director’s Newsletter May 2016

SAY “YES” SO THEY PROGRESS I hope it is not too late to welcome you all back to a new term after a considerably longer holiday. As we face another long term, please allow me to share a few words to encourage and challenge us. Some of us may be familiar with the film called…
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‘NO QUESTION’ TEACHERS AND ‘PLAY STATION’ COACHES

Here is a question for you: what do you do when you set your class an assignment but then one pupil comes to your desk and says: “Sir, I don’t have a pencil”? How you answer that may well summarise your whole teaching style and philosophy and determine your effectiveness as a teacher. In short,…
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ATSP ED Newsletter term 2 2016

SAY “NO” SO THEY KNOW A mother was going out for tea with a friend, accompanied by her young child. As she was keen to assure her friend that she was a good parent, she sat down with her child beforehand and reminded him how he must always be polite, always say “Please” and “Thank you”. The…
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ATST Executive Director’s Newsletter January 2016

RE. NOT THE CRITIC BUT THE CREDIT Welcome back to a new term and a new year – and a warm welcome to teachers who are new to ATS. ATS has a very proud and significant history and so we have much to maintain and honour in all that we do in our respective schools.…
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ATSP Executive Director’s Newsletter January 2016

RE. EXCELLENT PARENTING Can you think of a job where no training is required, no interviews are conducted, no contract is signed, no boss is in position, no experience is necessary, no appraisal is undertaken? Oh, and where no pay is given (in fact, you would be required to pay)? I can. Strangely enough, too,…
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CEO NEWSLETTER TERM 2 No 4 August 2015

Dear colleagues Cath and I have returned from our time overseas greatly refreshed and excited while we are also relieved that no major issues arose in our absence. I am very grateful to Peter for holding the fort so well and commend him for doing so. We were in constant communication, which helped greatly, while…
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