Dear Parents, Students, Staff and all associated with St Joseph’s Community.
Most of us, at some stage of our lives, have done something we should not have done or not
done something we should have done. Sometimes we might not take responsibility for our
shortcomings but instead, choose to make excuses. This form of behaviour is not new as is
evidenced in this somewhat unusual retelling of the Adam and Eve story: Adam blamed Eve,
Eve blamed the Snake and the Snake didn’t have a leg to stand on.
We all make mistakes from time to time, but it seems to be an inbuilt tendency to blame
others for our faults. There can be strong emotional pressures that motivate us to make
excuses and so blame our upbringing, our circumstances, the way we have been treated
by others and of course, these days we can blame our genes. Unfortunately, the fact is that
all excuses boil down to one common element: a lack or a denial of personal responsibility.
Excuses are a common method of shifting blame as we attempt to keep our self-image intact,
when we are faced with negative feedback.
If nothing is ever our fault and is always the fault of the circumstance or of someone else,
then this leads us to justifying our actions rather than taking responsibility for them. By
refusing to make excuses and to embrace responsibility, we reap the rewards of self-respect,
pride and confidence. Psychologists tell us that the happiest people are those who accept
total responsibility for every part of their lives. What a wonderful gift we can give to our
children, if they are able to accept total responsibility for their lives, because they saw us
Lord, I put my trust in you and ask that when I get challenged by expectations and pressures,
I may have the courage to deal with them in a responsible way. Amen
All parents and guardians are warmly invited to come along and share in the partnership of
education we provide here at St Joseph’s. Your presence and contribution is valued. We look
forward to seeing all who are able to make it to our October general meeting of the P&F
Association this Friday, 27 October commencing at 9:15am.
Our students have been involved in a number of events recently and this will continue
throughout the coming fortnight. As always you’ll note these in the newsletter though you
can also keep up to date on our school’s Facebook page.
Yours in Catholic Education
Quote for the Week
Children FEEL life.
They smell it, roll in it, run with it, see it all around them.
Feel the world through the eyes of a child. Anon