Assembly – 2 May: Mothers & Encouragement


Quote: “It is much easier to criticize than to encourage, but an encouraging word can change someone’s life. “ ANONYMOUS

Last week we focused on the theme of Courage under Fire and how one responds when placed under considerable pressure. On a practical level, four of our rugby teams including our 1st XV and our 1st soccer XI experienced this face-to–face when they competed against top teams from around the country over the weekend. I was fortunate to attend and watch most of the matches, and even though we lost all the games on the Saturday, what was encouraging for the coaches and supporters was the fact that our College boys never gave up and gave 100% to the bitter end. We received positive feedback from the opposition parents and management. Coaches cannot ask for anything more. 

As we continue with our winter sports season, please can we remember this quote and apply it in our daily lives as far as possible, both in the classroom and in the co-curricular programme. I don’t believe that a player deliberately makes a mistake, and there is little value in reprimanding him when he does, as it will only make him feel worse. Encouragement is what is required to help ensure that he doesn’t make another. Let’s make every effort to be supportive and encouraging as far as possible.


This Sunday is Mother’s Day –  and the next part of the assembly is focussed on that important event.


From Scripture:

 “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” – Proverbs 31: 26 – 29

 Honour your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” – Deuteronomy 5:16


A prayer for Mothers

‘Heavenly Father, let us be grateful  and appreciative for all that  our mothers do for us on a daily basis and let us not take them for granted at any stage . ‘ AMEN



  • “Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind. “ Kahlil Gibran
  • “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” – Mitch Albom
  • “I don’t know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it’s something that anyone can make – pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad – but it carries a certain taste of memory.” – Mitch Albom


Are you tired of your same old Mother’s Day tradition?

  • Perhaps you always send your mom flowers and a card, or you carve out time for brunch.
  • What upped your game and expressed gratitude to your mom in a unique way?


If you are stumped on something special you can do, here are some ideas for ways you can express gratitude for all that your mother has done for you:

  1. Connect by talking and asking questions – more than monosyllabic answers
  2. Write your top 10 memories with your mom and share with her
  3. Create a photo collage on a photo app
  4. Give hugs and kisses
  5. Take a literal trip down memory lane
  6. Write a poem
  7. Make her favourite meal
  8. Create a card
  9. Plan an adventure
  10. Ask “how can I help?”


This mother’s day, thank whomever you call “mom”,  for being the best mother.

Show a sincere appreciation and gratitude for all her personal sacrifices



  1. Fraser will now sing ‘Das Veilchen” ‘The Violet ‘by WA Mozart



Congratulations to a number of boys who have reached the minimum standards required to receive sporting awards.

Full details of these are here




Gentlemen, we need honest and sincere responses from you so that we can deal with concerns and issues that are raised. Mr Sparrow and the housemasters will address this with you in the next few days.                                                                                                             



There have been a number of disciplinary incidents involving poor decision making and disrespectful and unacceptable behaviour towards staff. This will not be tolerated under any circumstances  and those responsible will be dealt with in the most severe manner .

Abide by the rules and expectations and everything will be fine. If you don’t, staff have been told not to tolerate unacceptable and disrespectful behaviour under any circumstances and you will be punished. Your parents will be called in and they will be part of the disciplinary process to hold you accountable at all times.



  • Dads n’ Lads Evening on Friday – if you do not have a dad available you can ask any other suitable male to accompany you
  • Mother’s Day special tea on Saturday morning
  • Dads to form a tunnel on Saturday at your games


I wish you all a good week.


Pro Aris et Focis

CL Luman (Headmaster)