Get Your Gratitude On

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Get Your Gratitude On

10 November 2017


All good things must come to an end… actually, we think it’s just the beginning! You may have heard that Karen and I will be stepping down from Parents & Friends leadership at the end of 2017. It has been an extremely rewarding and challenging season that we have absolutely loved experiencing together. We can’t wait to support our new leaders as they step up and find their own unique way of encouraging and loving our school, staff, students and community.


We have received so much wonderful support from many parents, friends, students, teachers and staff. This support has been the highlight of our experience in these roles and we feel so grateful.


Did you know that the practise of gratitude can have significant impact on a person’s life? Not only can it lower your blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep, but studies also claim those who practise gratitude experience less fatigue and are less depressed! So, heading into this hectic time of year filled with exams, parties, deadlines, reporting, family gatherings and Christmas shopping for our mother-in-law, let’s get our gratitude on and feel better for it!


Here are three simple ways we can practise gratitude together:


Start a gratitude journal or jar by writing down 3 things each day you are thankful for. Send a thank you note, and I literally mean put pen-to-paper. An email is good, but if you can set aside the time, a thank you card feels quite special.


Be more intentional about saying “thank you” and let people know what you are thankful for, i.e. thanks for holding the door open.


We are grateful for our Parents & Friends experience and know that whoever steps into the role next year will also be blessed by our generous parent and friend community.


Nadine Dunne

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