ESF, and indeed Peak School, take the safety of our children very seriously. So, when it was reported over the summer that some Housing Estates and Schools in Hong Kong had lead in their water ESF tested the water at Peak School immediately.
The results have come back clean and I can confirm that we do not have any lead in our water at Peak School. Our children can continue to enjoy cool, filtered and safe drinking water.
A reminder that all children should bring in their water bottle each day and they can fill it up throughout the day. With this in mind there is really no need to provide juice boxes or flavoured milk as the children have an unlimited supply of filtered water.
As mentioned at the Parent Information evening last night, as a school, we are focusing on developing a culture of Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset looks at the power of our mindset and looks at how you can fulfil your potential. Dr Carol S Dweck is a leading authority in this area and it is her literature and resources that we will be utilising throughout the year to develop a Growth Mindset culture at Peak School.
The approach believes that there are two different types of mindset, one being fixed and the other being a growth mindset. The table below illustrates the difference –
Key messages you can give at home to support the growth mindset culture
Around the concept of making mistakes
“Make mistakes as you can learn from them”.
“Everyone makes mistakes and the key is to learn from them”.
“If you make a mistake think about what you could do differently, why did it not work”?
“What can you change or do differently next time”?
What to do when your child talks negatively about their ability or skill set
“You don’t know how to do it YET”
“You can’t do it YET but if you continue to stay focused and learn from your mistakes you will be able to do it”
“You don’t understand it YET, think about why you don’t understand it, what information is missing? What do you need to know?
All our staff are currently reading ‘Mindset, How You Can Fulfil Your Potential” by Carol Dweck. It isn’t just for educators as it also relates closely to business, parenting and relationships as well. I would highly recommend the book as I got just as much out of it on a personal level as I did on a professional level. Our School library have a copy should you want to borrow it.
My next blog edition will look at encouraging our children to get outside their ‘comfort zone’ to ‘stretch’ their learning and to build resilience.