EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEWSLETTER

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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CEO NEWSLETTER TERM 2 No 3 July 2015

Dear colleagues We are hoping that you all had a restful half-term, not so long ago, though I know that some of you were summoned to attend a District Award Ceremony – well done to those that attended that occasion. Cath and I certainly enjoyed a few days at the Falls, prior to doing some…
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CEO NEWSLETTER TERM 2 No 2 June 2015

Dear colleagues We tend not to do much Tug-of-War nowadays but there are valuable lessons to be learnt from it. Team members may all be on one side but they may not all be pulling together or pulling in the same direction (some pull backwards but some may be pulling to the side), while some…
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CEO NEWSLETTER TERM 2 No 1 May 2015

Dear colleagues I dare say we have all come across the plethora of jokes about “How many people does it take to change a light bulb?” Some of the better ones might include: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? None – the light bulb will change when it’s ready. How…
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