Parents Articles

MUM’S THE WORD!

Mothers and silence are generally not considered to be words that go together but the expression “Mum’s the Word” has the meaning of “Don’t tell anyone”. The world in which we live today is a world of silence and secrecy (sometimes disguised as ‘Confidentiality’) in the midst of much noise (music, publicity) and information. “Don’t…
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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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SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF PROBLEM SOLVING

Here is a problem for you. Your child calls you from school and tells you that he has forgotten his sports kit: so what do you do? The vast majority of parents will drop whatever they are doing, be entirely inconvenienced, mutter under their breath, and deliver the required articles to the school office. Problem…
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A CRITICAL CONDITION

There can be nothing worse for a parent than to hear the dreaded words: “Your child is in a critical condition”. For any of us, that will immediately awaken our senses to the fact that this is serious, this is dangerous. Let me assure you though now – your child is NOT in a critical condition. However,…
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MR AVERAGE

Have you any idea how many spiders you swallowed while you slept last year? Do you dream a lot while you sleep? How much time have you spent recently looking for a sock? If you are like me, you may well not have given much thought to any of the above before – and may…
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WHY THE RUSH?

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my axe” Abraham Lincoln We live in a world where everyone is in a hurry. We are in a hurry to succeed; we are in a hurry to arrive quicker than others or than before; we rush to go further…
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SPORT AND EXAMINATIONS

WHY ATS SCHOOLS REQUIRE ALL PUPILS TO PLAY TEAM SPORT DURING EXAMINATION Some pupils / parents come out with the line that they are very sorry but they cannot take part in a school sports fixture or even practice because they have to study for their exams. Apart from the fact that it is extremely…
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TEAM ORDERS

WHY ATS SCHOOLS REQUIRE ALL PUPILS TO PLAY TEAM SPORT Parents, desperate for academic results from their children, often query why we require all our pupils to play sport and the reason is simple, apart from the very obvious factors of developing physical fitness (which is vital for mental fitness) and providing enjoyment (as a…
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COMPETING DISORDERS

WHY ATS SCHOOLS REQUIRE ALL PUPILS TO PLAY SPORT AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO DO SPORT WELL Many of us may share Mark Twain’s view of life when he said: “The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” A lot of us…
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THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN CHOOSING SECONDARY SCHOOLS

It is vitally important that parents consider very carefully to which school they will send their child. However, all too often, parents do not do so. COMMON MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE They base their selection on: Their old school – but schools change, as Heads change! Facilities do not always change. Their other child’s school –…
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