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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! 

Summer Term 2024

 

Week Ending 17th May 24

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts,” Fred Rogers. Do you listen and look out for those around you?

 

Week Ending 10th May 24

“Say something positive and you’ll see something positive,” Jim Thompson. Do you try to find the good things even when things seem bad?

 

Week Ending 3rd May 24

“Take the time today to love yourself. You deserve it,” Avina Celeste. Do you look after yourself? If not, why not start today?

 

Week Ending 26th April 24

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life,” Buddha. Try not to dwell on the past or worry about the future - appreciate the present and the now.

 

Week Ending 19th April 24

“Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow,” Tim Roth. Do you make sure that you and your family are well rested for the day ahead?

 

Week Ending 12th April 24

“April is the time to turn over a new leaf,” Terri Guillemets. Do you need to make a fresh start? There is no time like the present!

 

Spring Term 2024:

 

Week Ending 22nd March 24

“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life,” Janine Di Giovanni. Why not take this opportunity to refresh and start again?

 

Week Ending 15th March 24

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams,” Marian Wright Edelman. Stay motivated and strong and your dreams will come true.

 

Week Ending 8th March 24

“Of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving mother is the greatest of them all,” anonymous. Enjoy this special weekend and we hope all of our mothers and special ladies are treated well and looked after on Sunday.

 

Week Ending 1st March 24

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow,” Gilbert K. Chesterton. Do you see the positives and hold your head high, even when times seem gloomy?

 

Week Ending 23rd Feb 24

“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind,” Dodinsky. Do you take time to focus on yourself before others?

 

Week Ending 9th Feb 24

 “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes….including you,” Anne Lamott. Everyone needs time to rest and recuperate so we would like to wish you and your family a happy and relaxing half term break.

 

Week Ending 2nd Feb 24

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows,” Helen Keller. Do you look on the bright side of life and do you encourage those around you to do the same?

 

Week Ending 26th Jan 24

“Attitude is the ‘little’ thing that makes a big difference,” Winston Churchill. Do you have a positive attitude and do you share this with your children?

 

Week Ending 19th Jan 24

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live,” Jim Rohn. Are you a good role model to your children? If you choose to eat healthily and exercise regularly, you will be.

 

Week Ending 12th Jan 24

 “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction,” Germany Kent. Do you have a new year’s resolution? Have you stuck to it so far?

 

Autumn Term 2023:

 

Week Ending 15th Dec 23

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come,” Fennel Hudson. What plans do you have for the New Year? Will you make a new start or choose a new beginning?

 

Week Ending 8th Dec 23

“Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold,” Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon. Do you appreciate the love that is all around you?

 

Week Ending 1st Dec 23

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold,” Aristotle. Embrace the cold weather this weekend by wrapping up warm and appreciate the beauty that is all around you. 

 

Week Ending 24th Nov 23

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer,” Albert Camus. Do you stay strong even when you are in the midst of a storm?

 

Week Ending 17th Nov 23

 “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new,” Albert Einstein. Do you embrace your mistakes and learn from them?

 

Week Ending 10th Nov 23

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart,” Roy T. Bennett. Do you pursue your dreams? Don’t let your worries stop you!

 

Week Ending 27th Oct 23

“Taking a break can lead to breakthroughs,” Russell Eric Dobda. Enjoy your half term break with your children and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 6th November.

 

Week Ending 20th Oct 23

 “Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass….it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” Vivian Greene. Do you appreciate life even when you are going through stormy times?

 

Week Ending 13th Oct 23

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time,” Thomas Edison. 

 

Week Ending 6th Oct 23

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today,” H. Jackson Brown, Junior. Do you do your best every single day?

 

Week Ending 29th Sept 23

“Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strengths,” Corrie Ten Boom. Try to reach out if something is worrying you – don’t worry alone.

 

Week Ending 22nd Sept 23

 “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present,” Sir Francis Bacon. Remember in those dark days, that brighter days are not far away.

 

Week Ending 15th Sept 23

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,” Maya Angelou. Can you change someone’s mood and cheer them up this weekend? Try to make a positive difference to someone else’s day.

 

Week Ending 8th Sept 23

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are,” J. P. Morgan. At the start of this new school year, are you going to make a positive decision to move forward?

Summer Term 2023

 

Week ending 21st July 2023:

“Sometimes when we take a break, we may find that solutions then present themselves,” Catherine Pulsifer. Make sure you have a rest over the next few weeks and enjoy the time with your children.  

 

Week ending 14th July 2023:

  “Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass….it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” Vivian Greene. Try not to let the rain dampen your spirits this weekend – embrace the weather and splash in the puddles!

 

Week ending 7th July 2023:

  “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t win’ is you and you don’t have to listen,” Jessica Ennis-Hill. Do you have a winning attitude? Stay positive, believe in yourself and you will be a winner!

 

Week ending 30th June 2023:

 “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,” A. A. Milne. How often do you find the strength to overcome your fears?

 

Week ending 23rd June 2023:

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up,” Mark Twain. Who can you cheer up this weekend?

 

Week ending 16th June 2023:

 “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does,” William James. Do you consider your actions? What difference do your actions make?

 

 Week ending 9th June 2023:

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble is too difficult to overcome,” Wilma Rudolph. Do you aspire to do your best? Make the most of the sunshine this weekend and aim high!

 

Week ending 26th May 2023:

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality,” Jonas Silk. Against the odds, Coventry City Football Club have succeeded in reaching the play off final at Wembley. Do you have a dream? How can you make it a reality?

 

Week ending 19th May 2023:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken,” Oscar Wilde. Are you the best version of yourself? Don’t try to be anyone else – be proud of you and who you are!

 

Week ending 12th May 2023

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,” Winston Churchill. Well done to all of our Year 6 children this week who kept going this week and did not give up!

 

Week ending 5th May 2023

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant,” Robert Louis Stevenson. Do you invest your time and effort to cultivate and grow your relationships?

 

Week ending 28th April 2023

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant,” Robert Louis Stevenson. Do you invest your time and effort to cultivate and grow your relationships?

 

Week ending 21st April 2023

“Friday is a day to finish your goals for the week. It is a day to celebrate that which you set out to accomplish at the beginning of the week. Well done.” Byron Pulsifer. Did you achieve your weekly goals? Have a wonderful weekend and celebrate your achievements!

 

Spring Term 23

 

Week ending 24th March 2023:

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going,” Sam Levenson. Are you resilient? Do you keep going even when the going gets tough?

 

Week ending 17th March 2023:

“There’s no perfect way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one,” Jill Churchill. We hope that all of our special mums, nans, aunts and carers have a lovely weekend and are treated and appreciated for everything they do.   

 

Week ending 10th March 2023:

“Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers,” Kahil Gibran. Kindness is free and makes people happy - do you make people smile by being kind?

 

Week ending 3rd March 2023:

“Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs,” Henry Ford. Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Why not try this tip from Henry Ford.

 

Week ending 17th February 2023:

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day,” Dalai Lama. Can you think positively this week?

 

Week ending 10th February 2023: “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness,” Desmond Tutu. As we send our prayers and thoughts to the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, let us hope for miracles.

 

Week ending 3rd February 2023: “One person can make a difference and everyone should try,” John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Do you stand up and speak about what you believe in?

 

Week ending 27th Jan 2023: “Never regret a day in your life.  Good days give you happiness and bad days give you experience,“ unknown.         Do you make every day count?

 

Week ending 13th  Jan 2023: “There is no winter without snow, no spring without sunshine, and no happiness without companions,” Korean Proverb. Are you a good friend? To enjoy friendships and be happy, you need to be a good friend yourself.

 

Week ending 6th Jan 2023:  “What the new year brings to you, will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year,” Vern McLellan. What will you do to impact and improve your new year?

Autumn Term 2022;

 

Week ending 16th Dec 22:  “We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone,” Ronald Reagan. Over the festive season, who will you be looking out for and who can you help?

 

Week ending 9th Dec 22

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

 

Week ending 2nd Dec 22

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go,” Carol Burnett. Do you have dreams? Remember – you can achieve your dreams!       

 

Week ending 25th Nov 22

 “It’s never too late to be who you might have been,” George Eliot. Keep going to achieve your dreams – you’ll get there in the end.

 

Week ending 18th Nov 22

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind,” Caroline Flack. We have been focussing on kindness as part of anti-bullying week. How often are you kind to the people around you or to yourself?

 

Week ending 11th Nov 22

“Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you,” anon. Do you challenge yourself? How can you challenge yourself more?

 

Week ending 4th Nov 22

“The best way to predict your future is to create it,” Abraham Lincoln. How are you creating your own future?

 

Week ending 21st Oct 22

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." Conrad Hilton. Don’t think that you can’t succeed if you make a mistake – keep going – success could be just around the corner!

 

Week ending 14th Oct 22

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same,” Colin R Davis. Which road will you take? Will your journey be successful?

 

Week ending 7th Oct 22

“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. Keep trying – you will get there in the end!

 

Week ending 30th Sept 22

“We should never let reality interfere with our dreams. Reality can’t see what we see,” Simon Sinek. Do you dream big? Always, pursue your dreams.

 

Week ending 23rd Sept 22

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else,” Booker T. Washington. Help others and you will help yourself.

 

Week ending 16th Sept 22

"When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future." The Queen. Are you brave? Are you courageous? Your future is in your hands.

 

Week ending 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?

Summer Term 22

 

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?

 

 

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