The MAMI quarterly Newsletter gives you the opportunity to keep up with the work of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate here in Australia and abroad.
Weekday Masses begin at 8.00am in the College Chapel. Wednesday morning Mass this coming week is at 8.10am and will be celebrating the College’s recent success in the ACC Athletics. All parents, students, teachers and friends of the College are warmly welcomed to attend Mass in the College’s Chapel.
Term 3 Wednesday Mass
We Should Be Teaching Emotional Literacy in Schools
by Daniel Goleman (from Mindful.org August 19, 2014)
The children coming into their second-grade classroom that morning arranged their chairs in a circle for a daily ritual: Their teacher asked every child to tell the class how they felt (unless they didn’t want to share this), and why they felt that way. This simple exercise in a New Haven, CT elementary school was the first time I saw a lesson in emotional literacy.
Naming emotions accurately helps children be clearer about what is going on inside—essential both to making clearheaded decisions and to managing emotions throughout life. Self-awareness—turning our attention to our inner world of thoughts and feelings—allows us to manage ourselves well. An inner focus lets us understand and handle our inner world, even when rocked by disturbing feelings. This is a life skill that keeps us on track throughout the years, and helps children become better learners.
For instance, when children tune in to what engages them, they connect with the intrinsic motivation that drives them. If a child is just following the teacher’s goals for what she should learn and not thinking much about her own goals, she can develop an attitude that school is all about other people’s agendas—and fail to tap her inner reservoir of motivation and engagement. On the other hand, attuned teachers can use students’ interests to excite them.
Self-awareness also has an ethical dimension. As we go through life, the sense that we are on course with our values becomes an inner rudder. In our life and career this can blossom into “good work”—a potent combination of what engages us, what matters to us, and what we can accomplish successfully.
In the school years, the equivalent is “good learning”—being engaged with what enthuses us and what feels important.
Mazenod College KeepCups
The College is proud to launch their very own KeepCups for you to purchase. This initiative was developed by the Sustainability and Environment portfolio of the College and Campus ministry.
As part of promoting KeepCups to the College, the Young Vinnies will give 30% off the price of hot chocolates when a student purchases a hot chocolate with their KeepCup.
($1 instead of the usual $1.50).
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Part of the proceeds of the sale will also go to Oblate missionary work in India, Sri Lanka and China.
KeepCup is the world’s first barista standard reusable cup. Purchasing a KeepCup for students is a practical and easy way to reduce waste and carbon emissions.
Takeaway coffee cups are lined on the inside with a plastic film, making them notoriously difficult to recycle. And most never even make it there no matter what bin you put them in because recycling streams are usually contaminated by supposedly ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradable’ cups and lids that never actually compost or biodegrade because most places don’t have the infrastructure to do it.
Pope Francis, inspires and challenges us: “Each of us also has a responsibility for others and for the future of our planet”.
Damian Wallis (83)
Director of Faith and Mission