Hare Krishna Dear Parents,
Shastra – Teaching Values
Lessons from the Vedas…Determination!
We are learning about animals and their habitats this term. We have also been exploring the lessons from the Vedic literature that teach us values and character qualities. Here is one as told by Srila Prabhupada that teaches determination. When we tell the children this story we use simple language and act it out!
Garuda and the Sparrow
This story is relevant to the quality of ‘determination’ and also to the “grace or personal endeavour?” controversy.
As for determination, one should follow the example of the sparrow who lost her eggs in the waves of the ocean. A sparrow laid her eggs on the shore of the ocean, but the big ocean carried away the eggs on its waves. The sparrow became very upset and asked the ocean to return her eggs. The ocean did not even consider her appeal. So the sparrow decided to dry up the ocean. She began to pick out the water in her small beak, and everyone laughed at her for her impossible determination. The news of her activity spread, and at last Garuda, the gigantic bird carrier of Lord Vishnu, heard it. He become compassionate towards his small sister bird, and so he came to see the sparrow. Garuda was very pleased by the determination of the small sparrow, and he promised to help. Thus Garuda at once asked the ocean to return her eggs lest he himself take up the work of the sparrow. The ocean was frightened at this, and returned the eggs. Thus the sparrow became happy by the grace of Garuda … ‘God helps those who help themselves’.
Buddy Learning with Sitarama Class!
Thankyou Sita Rama Class for helping the little ones with their learning. This weeks (Thursday afternoon) focus was on drawing skills and there was full engagement as the older children modelled and guided the younger ones in drawing skills. This buddy learning system is great for the interaction between the younger and older students in the school. I could see some lovely connecting going on that nurtures rich and healthy inter-class social dealings!
Wednesday Free Choice Activities –
A time to have fun and connect with others!
Krishna Kid of the Week!
Last Day of School Friday 7th July!
School starts – Monday 24th July
Hope you all have a happy and exciting mid year break!