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Pause for Thought

Check out our 'Pause for Thought' section on our weekly school newsletter. Each week, there will be a different 'Pause for Thought' to stimulate discussion at home.

Please do have a go at discussing the ‘Pause for thought’ with your child/children at home. You might be surprised at what they come up with! 

Autumn Term 2022;


Weekending 9th Sept 22       

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” Alan Cohen. It’s a brand new school year – can you begin in a positive way?

Weekending 8th July 2022

'Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,' Winston Churchill. Do you keep going when the going gets tough?


Weekending 1st July 2022

“Failure is not the opposite of success. It is part of success.,” unknown. Try not to use the word “fail” – remember it’s part of the journey to success.


Weekending 24th June 2022

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James. What differences do you make to your friends and your family?


Weekending 17th June 2022

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi. By taking the small steps, you can achieve great things! What can you achieve?


Weekending 9th June 2022

“Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want,” Ken Poirot. Do you take the opportunities to build your future?


Weekending 26th May 2022

“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore,” Michael Ruiz. Don’t let anyone stop you from pursuing your dreams!


Weekending 20th May 2022

 “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
 Michael Altshuler. Do you always make the most of your time


Weekending 13th May 2022

“Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today,” Bruce Lee. Our Year 6 children have certainly put in maximum effort this week and we are sure they will be rewarded for all their hard work.


Weekending 6th May 2022

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day,” Dalai Lama. Do you have a positive start to your day?


Weekending 2nd May 2022

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice,” Jim Rohn. What choices do you make to ensure that you and your family are happy?


Weekending 8th April 2022

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are,” Kurt Cobain. Do you love and look after yourself?


Weekending 1st April 2022

 "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West. Do you live your life to the full?


Weekending 25th March 2022

 “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.”  Carol Burnett. Do you hold on to your dreams and aspire to achieve them?


Weekending 18th March 2022

 "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." - Dolly Parton. Do you appreciate the journey (even if it is hard) knowing that the reward will be worth it in the end?


Weekending 11th March 2022

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall. Do you make a positive difference to your life and the lives of those around you?


Weekending 4th March 2022

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them."
- Michael Jordan. Do you always have high expectations of yourself?


Weekending 18th February 2022

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear,” – Nelson Mandela. Are you brave? Do you accept challenges and conquer your fears?


Weekending 28th January 2022

 “Dreams they come and go, but thoughts like love will always grow.” Meat Loaf. Do you always value the people you love?


Weekending 21st January 2022

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer. Can you change the way you look at things for a more positive outlook on life?


Weekending 14th January 2022

 “The best thing you can do is get good at being you.” Unknown. Are you the best version of you?


Weekending 10th December 2021

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  E.E. Cummings. Have you got the courage to become who you really are?


Weekending 3rd December 2021

 "Failure is another stepping stone to greatness." - Oprah Winfrey. Try not to see failure as a negative – see it as part of your journey to success.


Weekending 26th November 2021

"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." - Oscar Wilde. What trials and tribulations have you overcome?


Weekending 12th November 2021

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin. Do you adapt well to change?


Weekending 5th November 2021

"May you live every day of your life." - Jonathan Swift. Life is precious, life is special - do you make the most of your life?


Weekending 15th October 2021

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison. Do you keep going when the going gets tough? How resilient are you?

Weekending 8th October 2021

"The best revenge is massive success," Frank Sinatra. Can you focus on success? How successful can you be?


Week ending 17th September 2021

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” Stephen R. Covey. We can all appreciate each other by celebrating our differences.


Week ending 10th September 2021

 “No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again,” Buddha. It’s a brand new school year and we are very much looking forward to starting the year in a positive way and to encourage everyone to try their best in everything that they do at Moat House Primary School. 


Week ending 16th July 2021

“Summertime is always the best of what might be,”         Charles Bowden. We hope that you can enjoy a wonderful summer break with your family and friends.


Week ending 9th July 2021

 “One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself” by Shannon L. Alder. Are you true to yourself or influenced by others?


Week ending 2nd July 2021

 "Once you choose hope, anything's possible." - Christopher Reeve. If you hope you will always have a positive mindset.


Week ending 25th June 2021

"Opportunities don't happen. You create them." - Chris Grosser. Are you proactive and do you create opportunities? Do you make the most of your opportunities?


Week ending 18th June 2021

"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."- Winston Churchill. How enthusiastic are you when things don’t go well the first, second or even the third time?


Week ending 11th June 2021

“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.” Unknown. We are all different but equally special and important – do you appreciate the differences and diversity within our community?


Week ending 21st May 2021

 If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles. – Wayne Dyer. Do you believe and look for the opportunities?


Week ending 7th May 2021

“Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life” – Joel Osteen. Do you have a positive attitude?


Week ending 30th April 2021

“Create a life that feels good on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside,” Unknown. Do you feel good on the inside? If you do, you will shine on the outside.


Week ending 23rd April 2021

“Don’t let your fear decide your future “– Shalane Flanagan. Can you overcome your fears to create a bright and successful future?


Week ending 26th March 2021

 “Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end” – Roy T. Bennett. Stay strong so that you can become greater.


Week ending 19th March 2021

“It is necessary sometimes to take one step backward to take two steps forward,” Vladimir Lenin. Despite some of our year groups needing to self-isolate this week and next, we know that we are closer to getting through the pandemic. There is light at the end of the tunnel….


Week ending 12th March 2021

"Today is the start of a new adventure, new challenges to face, new memories to make and new obstacles to overcome,” Nishan Panwar. It has been wonderful to welcome all of our children back to school this week and to see them become reunited with their friends and teachers; we look forward to continuing their school journey with many new and happy memories. 


Week ending 5th March 2021

"Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain "  Anon.   After all the ‘rain’ we’ve had this year we are due a spectacular rainbow!


Week ending 12th Feb 2021

"Instead of being disappointed about where you are, be optimistic about where you are going "  Jon Gordon.   Now’s a great time to be optimistic about the future.


Week ending 5th Feb 2021

"Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new"  Barack Obama.   Please feel free to ask your teachers for as much help as you need with your on-line learning.


Week ending 29th Jan 2021

"There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.. Sean Connery.   Congratulations to everyone who is rising to the challenges that we currently face.


Week ending 22nd Jan 2021

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill. We’ve certainly got a few difficulties at the moment. How many optimists are there out there?


Week ending 15th Jan 2021

"Life is supposed to be fun. It's not a job or occupation. We're here only once and we should have a bit of a laugh. Billy Connolly. Can you find the time to have some fun despite everything that’s going on?


Week ending 18th Dec 2020

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein. Do you learn from the past to improve your future?


Week ending 11th Dec 2020

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Franklin D. Roosevelt. Do you believe in your dreams? Keep chasing and your dreams will come true!


Week ending 4th Dec 2020  

Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.  Ralph Waldo Emerson Are you always the best version of yourself?


Week ending 27th Nov 2020

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.  Roy T. Bennett. Do you always keep going when the going gets tough?


Week ending 20th Nov 2020

Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don’t, to achieve what others’ won’t.  Henry Rollins. Will you persevere even when you are struggling?


Week ending 23rd Oct 2020

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be —Ralph Waldo Emerson. What decisions do you make? Do these impact your future?The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be —Ralph Waldo Emerson. What decisions do you make? Do these impact your future?


Week ending 16th Oct 2020

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali. Are you brave enough to take a risk in order to achieve your next goal?


Week ending 9th Oct 2020

Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t – Rikki Rogers. Are you strong in all that you do?


Week ending 2nd Oct 2020

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali. Are you brave enough to take a risk in order to achieve your next goal?


Week ending 25th Sept 2020

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.  Newt Gingrich Do you persevere in everything that you do or could you try harder?


Week ending 18th Sept 2020

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou.

Can you keep going when the going gets tough?


Week ending 11th Sept 2020

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.  Art Williams. Can you put in that extra effort to gain your achievement or reward?


Week ending 4th Sept 2020

Pause for Thought:   

“After rain there’s a rainbow, after a storm there’s calm, after the night there’s a morning and after an ending, there’s a new beginning.”       As we welcome children back to our new normal, let us think and act positively about the days, weeks and months ahead, where we will continue our journey to ensure that our children gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to fulfil their potential.


Week ending 1st Nov 2019

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.  Duke Ellington Try to think of a problem as a challenge to overcome.


Week ending 18th Oct 2019

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” Tony Robbins. Do you keep going when the going gets tough?


Week ending 11th Oct 2019

“It’s a terrible thing to see but have no vision.” Helen Keller. Can you visualise your future? What will you have achieved in five years’ time?


Week ending 4th Oct 2019

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse. How courageous are you? How creative can you be?


Week ending 27th Sept 2019

: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln. What future will you create for yourself?


Week ending 20th Sept 2019

“We should never let reality interfere with our dreams. Reality can’t see what we can see.” Simon Sinek. What do you dream about? Can you make your dream a reality?


Week ending 13th Sept 2019

“An exaggerated fear of mistakes stands in the way of creativity.” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.       It’s good to make mistakes - try to think positively about them.


Week ending 19th July 2018

““People come and go in our lives, but the memories of times shared will stay with you forever.”- Mrs Francioso

As we all embark on new beginnings, take the time to reflect on the last year and how experiences have shaped you in to who you are today; but do not feel sad, because tomorrow is a new adventure!


Week ending 12th July 2019

“It’s important to be thoughtful and mindful about the things you say to other people.”– Evan Spiegel.                   Remember the power of the words that we say and the impact that they can have on others.


Week ending 5th July 2019

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable.”– Charles Darwin   Don’t be afraid to change!


Week ending 27th June 2019

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it…”– Mary Engelbreit

Think about the things that you would like to change. Do you need to change the way you think about it?


Week ending 21st June 2019

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”– Lewis Carroll

Each day shapes us as a person. Who will you be tomorrow?


Week ending 14th June 2019

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”– C. S. Lewis

What do you think?


Week ending 7th June 2019

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.”– Anne Frank                  How great can you be?


Week ending 23rd May 2019

 “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”– Robert Brault. Appreciate every moment. What will you remember about today?

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