I invite everyone to renewed hope, for hope “speaks to us of something deeply rooted in
every human heart, independently of our circumstances and historical conditioning.
Hope speaks to us of a thirst, an aspiration, a longing for a life of fulfillment, a desire to
achieve great things, things that fill our heart and lift our spirit to lofty realities like
truth, goodness and beauty, justice and love… Hope is bold; it can look beyond personal
convenience, the petty securities and compensations which limit our horizon, and it can
open us up to grand ideals that make life more beautiful and worthwhile”. Let us
continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope.Pope Francis – Fratelli Tutti
Welcome back to Term 4! I hope you have enjoyed some valuable family time over the
break.I always feel excited and ready for the new term that I hardly sleep the night before.
Term 4 is always an interesting term as we finish off the year and try our best to
achieve our goals and start looking forward and planning for the following year. It is a
constant juggling act of staying in the here and now and planning in the background
for 2021. I have been reading some of Pope Francis's new encyclical Fratelli Tutti over
the last few days. I selected a section above which focuses on hope…. “so let us
continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope”.Psychologists in their research have determined that hope matters a lot. Hope consists
of agency and pathways. The person who has hope has the will and determination that
goals will be achieved, and a set of different strategies at their disposal to reach their
goals. Put simply: hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get
there.Hope is important because life is full of challenges and obstacles, which we have seen
world-wide this year, having goals is not enough; we want to work towards achieving
them. Hope allows people to approach problems and challenges with a mindset and
strategies suitable for success, therefore increasing their chances of achieving success.
Hope-related cognitions are important. Hope leads to learning goals, which are
conducive to growth and improvement. When our children have learning goals, they are
actively engaged in their learning, constantly planning strategies to meet their goals,
and monitoring their progress to stay on track. Research shows that learning goals are
positively related to success across a range of experiences in life, academic, sport and so
much more! I encourage you to talk to your children about what goals they have created
for Term 4.