Farewell Assembly June 25th, 2014

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Special thanks to all of the parents for making our Farewell Assembly happen for our grade 6 and 7 students. Well done!

Mrs. Paxton’s Words on June 25th
This has been an interesting year, hasn’t it?
Expect the unexpected, is what I kept telling the teachers.
It has been a year of change and new challenges. Some of them exciting, some kind of daunting.
For some people, change is terrifying. For others it is energizing.
One thing I know for sure is that change is inevitable and the more resilient and confident you are, the more you will be able to adapt and adjust, riding the wave like a surfer.
To that end, I’ve made a short list of things I would have liked my 12 year old self to know.
1. Don’t take things personally. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”
2. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Find your funny bone. Exercise your imagination. Life’s too short to worry about things that are out of your control. We all do it. But try to do it less.
3. If you’re feeling afraid, fake courage! I do this all the time. Don’t let fear stand in your way. Don’t let fear win. Because there really is very little to be afraid of.
4. Know that you are loved. And because you are loved, those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. That’s a funny way of saying that not everybody’s opinion counts. See rule #1.
5. And finally, Always be a little kinder than necessary. Did you know that it was JM Barrie who said that, the author of Peter Pan? He also said, every time a child says, I don’t believe in fairies, there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead….
But I think “be a little kinder than necessary” is a pretty good idea.
So as we say farewell, I hope you will leave Squamish Elementary just a little smarter, braver, and kinder person. Walk into Don Ross with confidence and pride. Come back and visit, but maybe not while our classes are still in session on Friday afternoon. And lastly, remember where you came from: Squamish Elementary, where we care about each other, we care about ourselves, and we care about our school.