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SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Sing Your Heart Out

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Sing Your Heart Out

The Choir at Sun Valley Primary is the biggest we’ve ever had. With over 150 students in the Senior Choir alone, its important to understand the benefits, culturally and psychologically of singing in a group. Research has long suggested that singing itself offers a number of health benefits, such as increased oxygen in the blood, regulated heart beat and the[Read More…]

by April 24, 2014 Counsellor
SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Excellence

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Excellence

Excellence is a word that has become common place among schools and in the corporate setting. The “What” of excellence can often be measured in terms of good marks and increased productivity, but the “How” is often harder to pin down. “Excellence is not a skill, its an attitude” Ralph Marston Through our school culture, we as educators have the[Read More…]

by April 17, 2014 Counsellor
SVPS: Culture and Ei – Creative Counselling

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Creative Counselling

Creative counselling techniques are essential for any practitioner working with children. Because of their age, children sometimes lack the verbal communication skills required for more traditional methods of counselling. By incorporating play into counselling, we are inviting children to explore their emotions in ways they may have been previously unable to. Games allow us to connect with students on a[Read More…]

by April 10, 2014 Counsellor
Looking Back at Term 1

Looking Back at Term 1

Looking back at this term I have a definite sense of accomplishment and humility at all that has taken place. When working with people, it’s impossible to predict the ups and downs of their lives. It’s important to prepare for the unexpected. Every day I experience with students a full range of emotions and am often left in awe of[Read More…]

by March 28, 2014 Counsellor
Real Fun

Real Fun

            Funscapes has come to an end, and brought with it a welcome long weekend! I’d like to take a moment to thank all the staff, parents, external hirers, coaches, bus drivers, taxi drivers, field marshalls, receptionists and CHILDREN that made it possible. Amidst the flurry of movement I took time to capture the days[Read More…]

by March 20, 2014 Counsellor
Celebrating every child

Celebrating every child

Last week I attended the African Summit for Emotional Intelligence. One of the concepts that stood out for me was the importance of celebrating individuals, and having ‘appreciative conversations’. An ‘appreciative conversation’ includes a number of important things. 1. Real Connection – Appreciative conversations are more than talking “at” someone, they are involved and engaging and above all sincere. Many[Read More…]

by March 11, 2014 Counsellor
What is EQ?

What is EQ?

EQ or ‘Emotional Intelligence’ can be defined as: “The ability to recognize and regulate emotions in ourselves and others”– Daniel Goleman and Gary Cherniss. Developing Emotional Intelligence is a vital focus for all educators at Sun Valley Primary. Sadly it is a much neglected topic within the corporate world. This week I’m attending the African Summit for Emotional Intelligence and have[Read More…]

by March 5, 2014 Counsellor
Drug Testing … A New Era

Drug Testing … A New Era

Drugs are becoming more prevalent within South African schools. A 2012 survey by the Anti Drug Alliance, South Africa, was completed by more than 55,000 students. Of those students nearly 70% knew that drugs were readily available at their school. More than a third of all teenage participants admitted to having taken drugs in the last month, many within the[Read More…]

by February 25, 2014 Counsellor
16 Habits – Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

16 Habits – Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

“I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.” Thomas Edison Reflections pave the way to applying past knowledge and enabling one to apply them to new situations. This weeks CARE: “Intelligent humans learn from experience. When confronted with a new and perplexing problem, they will draw on experiences from their past. You will find humans say… “This reminds[Read More…]

by February 19, 2014 Counsellor
Learning from Past Experiences

Learning from Past Experiences

We’ve all heard of Post Traumatic Stress. And until recently it’s stolen the lime light as far as psychology is concerned. But increasingly the concept of Post Traumatic Growth is being explored. This is where even terrible experiences can be processed, understood, re-storied and learned from, creating strength and capacity in a person that may otherwise have been damaged by[Read More…]

by February 19, 2014 Counsellor