Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (1 September 2014)
Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends of Hilton
Following the half-term break, our Grade 11 boys have spent the week in Johannesburg visiting a variety of academic institutions, historical sites, museums, galleries, businesses and other places of interest. I am told that this was a wonderful experience and that our boys were a great credit to our school wherever they went. Once again, I would like to thank, most sincerely, all of those parents who hosted and transported our boys during this tour. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the six staff members who accompanied the tour and to those parents and old boys who addressed our boys or hosted them at their businesses. Without your generous and willing help, this inspiring tour would not be able to take place.
One of the important benefits of attending a boarding school like this is that our young men learn to take greater responsibility for themselves. In this way they become more independent and confident about solving their own problems. Without trying to be prescriptive, I am concerned that a number of parents are unintentionally denying their sons these important learning opportunities by trying to solve their problems for them. Please can I remind you that, as your son grows up, your parenting role changes from solving his problems for him to giving him advice on how to solve the problems for himself. You need to avoid the temptation of trying to fix the problem before you have given him the opportunity and advice to fix it himself. Of course, if the problem persists, you must get involved but I am aware that all too often, problems that could easily have been solved by the boys themselves are being dealt with by their parents instead.
I wish you all a good week ahead.
Grade 11 Leadership
Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (18 August 2014)
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Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (11 August 2014)
Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends
On Wednesday, our Grade 10 boys returned from their spiritual journey at Emseni. I have heard nothing but very positive comments about this Inward Bound experience, and we pray that the seeds that were sown during this journey will grow and bear fruit in their lives. Many of these boys have indicated their desire to be confirmed and they will continue their preparation for this under the guidance of our Chaplain, Rev Richard Wyngaard. The Confirmation Service is scheduled to take place at 5.00pm on Thursday 25 September, and we look forward to celebrating this important occasion with them.
This told the story of Daniel who lived in a time of severe corruption. Despite this, he chose to do what was right and honour his beliefs. As a result, he was promoted to the highest position in the courts of Babylon.
Integrity 2: Reputation. Philipians 2:14-16
This spoke about the importance of managing your reputation and being straight in a crooked generation. The world needs young men of courage, integrity and dependability especially since these are such rare commodities. God has called us to be 'blameless and pure' and beyond reproach (the Jenga game was used as an illustration to show how every time you do something you shouldn't do, you take a block out and eventually the tower is unable to stand against the storms of life).
Integrity 3: Speak the truth even when it hurts (the scourge of boy lore) Acts 7
This session asked the boys if they were ever forced or coerced to lie to protect another boy. Lance Armstrong was used as an example. He lied, and many lied to protect him, and cycling was severely damaged as a result.
We looked at Stephen before the Sanhedrin, who, despite risking his life, told them the truth about what they were doing. Even though he lost his life that day, the church was enormously encouraged by his faith and were spurred on to do incredible things in God's name. Sometimes choosing to speak the truth hurts, but God will bring right out of a wrong if we follow the path of integrity.
Integrity 4: Iron sharpens iron. Proverbs 27:7. Be careful who you tie yourself to.
This looked at the importance of who you associate with and surround yourself with. People seldom get into trouble on their own and others are always a major influence on your integrity. Good friends help you to be accountable and become the person God intended you to be, both at work and in social contexts. Good friends will 'call you' on something you have done wrong and encourage you when you are on the right track. Who are you associating yourself with? The story of the mouse who 'tied himself' to the frog was told. The frog was tired of spending time with the mouse so he tied himself to the mouse and jumped into the river intending to drown the mouse. An eagle saw the two floundering in the water and in the end both were eaten.... Be careful who you tie yourself to.
Integrity 5: It's not what you say it's what you do.
Good Samaritan, There is no point in being successful, important, highly regarded, an upstanding member of society IF YOU DON'T USE IT WHEN IT COUNTS... and DO nothing with it. Those who had the power and influence didn't help the Samaritan when they could have. We also looked at the example of the fig tree that produced no fruit. We are in a unique situation at Hilton. We have been blessed and must use our God given influence to have an impact on the world.
Have a good week.
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