Virtual Assembly – 13 July
Good morning gentlemen and staff
We open this assembly with a message from Mr James Maistry on the theme of tolerance
Goedeke will now lead us with the School Prayer
We welcome back our 3rd formers today after a long period of absence viz 15 weeks. We wish you all the best as you get back into what is ultimately a new system and at all times abide by the very strict regulations to keep you and others around you safe viz.
- Wear your masks at all times except when eating, drinking, showering and sleeping
- Maintain social distancing of at least 1.5m
- Wash your hands with soap and sanitise
Gentlemen these are non-negotiables for everyone
At last week’s assembly we looked at ways to remain motivated in these difficult times and also looked at social awareness aspects that we are dealing with on a daily basis as well.
Today I would like to look at the theme of tolerance as it is particularly relevant considering the BLM movement and issues that have been raised by the senior leaders and the RCL over the past week, which covers topics such as prejudice, stereotyping and racism.
Famous author and OC Alan Paton said:
“I envision someday a great, peaceful South Africa in which the world will take pride, a nation in which each of many different groups will be making its own creative contribution.”
Former President Nelson Mandela “Madiba” commented as follows on the topic:
‘No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background
or his religion.”
Definition of Tolerance
- What does TOLERANCE mean?
Tolerance is the quality of allowing other people to say and do as they like, even if you do not agree or approve of it”
- Why is having tolerance an important characteristic to display?
- Tolerance is an important concept that helps people to live together peacefully.
- Tolerance also means that you do not put your opinions above those of others, even when you are sure that you are right.
- Tolerant people show strength in that they can deal with different opinions and perspectives.
How can we show tolerance in our daily lives?
- Listen Carefully Without Jumping to Conclusions
- Try to Understand the Other Person’s Point of View
- Respect other cultures, religions, races traditions
- Finally, if nothing else works, Agree to Disagree.
Your own integrity and character are the best defence against intolerant people.
Your character is developed through self-control.
Your self-control gives you true power, to be able to keep your temper even when provoked, to hear an insult without returning it or even brooding over it, to turn away anger with a smile.
Self-control gives your character dignity and strength, supporting you in your everyday conduct.
Matthew 7:12 states:
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
More simply put: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you i.e treat others as you would have them treat you’’
If you want people to be kind to you – you should be kind
If you want people to be generous to you – be generous
If you want people to care for your feelings – think about how they feel
If we want to help make the world be a better place let us all strive to be more tolerant and respectful of others in our daily interactions with them
In closing, the following quote by Voltaire a famous French philosopher and writer in18th century who offers sound advice
“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.”
I wish you all a very good productive week and that you will all remain safe and healthy
Pro Aris et Focis