Family Matters

Words … Don’t Come Easily to Me … Maybe That is a Good Thing

Words … Don’t Come Easily to Me … Maybe That is a Good Thing

This week we looked at the topic of “WORDS” for CARE Circles. Words have power and can hurt or heal. The Habits of Mind we are dealing with this week are “Communicating with Clarity and Precision” and “Gathering Data through all our Senses”. Jayd MacDonald, Gavin Keller’s PA, took the staff through some practical examples of how to practice these[Read More…]

by November 11, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Family Affairs – Play in its truest form … transcends age … transcends status!

SVPS: Family Affairs – Play in its truest form … transcends age … transcends status!

I went out for break and sat on the wall observing the children at play. I was in for a big surprise and a time of entertainment. This is what I observed: The principal of the pre-school using a pitch fork to work on the garden and interact with the children as well.              [Read More…]

by May 15, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Family Affairs – RICK Forms … Are They Worth It?

SVPS: Family Affairs – RICK Forms … Are They Worth It?

This week I received a RICK form from a mommy whose little boy was afraid to go to IT because of something that happened in 2013. I called in the little lad to chat through his feelings and he was so well spoken and could succinctly and clearly express his concerns. He felt afraid to ask questions in the class[Read More…]

by May 8, 2014 Family Matters
SVGoS: Family Affairs – Our CEO, Gavin Keller, features in the Sunday Times

SVGoS: Family Affairs – Our CEO, Gavin Keller, features in the Sunday Times

This past Sunday, 27 April 2014, Gavin Keller was featured in the Sunday Times under the Business Times looking at “My Brilliant Career“. Below is a scan of the article and I have downloaded the article from the Sunday Times site and will post the article in a readable format under the article. Sunday Times – Business Times MY BRILLIANT[Read More…]

by April 30, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Family Affairs – A Directorate Team of Note

SVPS: Family Affairs – A Directorate Team of Note

I am so privileged to work with two amazing young men in my directorate. The 2 Heads of Department with whom I work are gracious men … gentle men … gentlemen … and love what they do. I have worked with Denver Skippers for many years. We go back as far as teaching Grade 6 together. It has always been[Read More…]

by April 24, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Family affairs – Principal’s Role and Leadership

SVPS: Family affairs – Principal’s Role and Leadership

Every year the Grade 7 Pupils form part of a Pupil Leadership Programme. Over the last coupe of years we have put in a lot of effort to make this a good process. For 2014 we have looked at six different angles when considering our Principal’s Role. We received feedback from their Grade 6 Teachers, their current Grade 7 Teachers,[Read More…]

by April 16, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Family Affairs – RICK Forms

SVPS: Family Affairs – RICK Forms

Thank you to ALL our parents who took the time to get in touch with us to offer your praise, concerns, wisdom and humour. Of the 5 RICK forms we’ve received so far this term, two have been glowing recognitions of what were getting right at Sun Valley. RICK forms are the most direct and effective way for you, as[Read More…]

by April 10, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Family Affairs – Reflection on a Busy Term

SVPS: Family Affairs – Reflection on a Busy Term

Looking back at the past three months makes me realise just how busy it has been. We really run an extremely high performance organisation which employs about 120 staff members and nurtures about 1100 students. The theme, Habits of Mind, has driven our term as we have embraced one experience after another. All I know is, although my day is[Read More…]

by March 27, 2014 Family Matters
Having FUN while escaping the Hum Drum of Everyday Life

Having FUN while escaping the Hum Drum of Everyday Life

If you’ve driven down Corsair Way in the last two days you might have spotted some Extra Terrestrial Inflatables filled with screaming children. No I’m not talking about an alien invasion, just our 2014 Funscapes!                 This year we structured our popular Funscapes days a little differently, to ensure there were a variety[Read More…]

by March 20, 2014 Family Matters
FISH! What a Philosophy!

FISH! What a Philosophy!

Every year Sun Valley Group of Schools has a theme which we embed in the hearts and minds of the people involved in the organisation. Some years ago we looked at “The FISH Philosophy” and it made a very clear impression on me. The concept of “Choosing your Attitude” rings so true. We have the choice to be positive or[Read More…]

by March 13, 2014 Family Matters