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“Teddy” by Sunday (aged 10)

teddy-red-carA long time ago in an old house, there was a brown teddy bear with a special secret.  Every morning, before breakfast, the fluffy little guy would put on his black cloak.  He would get in his toy car and drive right down the narrow street and visit his friend Bob, the polar bear teddy.  They would play in Bob’s huge garden until the sun fell.  Teddy would drive in his little red car back down from his secret friend’s house until he was back in the old house.

Sunday (aged 10) 

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“Blood Eater” by Ari (aged 8)

dragonLong ago Blood-eater was a dragon who lived on an island that was surrounded by monsters and volcanoes that spewed out lava.  Blood-eater was a green villain who sucked blood from superheros.  He saw police on his island and got scared but he remembered he could suck blood out of the police.  Then the police shot the bullets that makes dragons good and he hugged the police.  Blood-eater went back home to his island of monsters and waited until the good bullets wore off.

Ari (aged 8)

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“The Chameleon” by Dardo (aged 9)

chameleonJust before dawn two young explorers were in the jungle walking past a large shrub when they spotted an injured chameleon.  They were animal carers so they took the chameleon back to the lab to fix him up and they found out he had a broken back leg.  Without bandages, they had to go exploring to find a leaf with a numbing agent called the Squashbugla.  Just before the next morning they found the leaves and fixed the chameleon.

Dardo (aged 9)

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Student’s Story – My Dad is a Warlock – by Jemima (aged 9)

MagicianI didn’t know that my dad was a man who was a witch.  I was scared when I found out my dad was a warlock but I still loved him because he is my compassionate gentle dad.  My dad does good magic like making poor people get money and gives people wishes and they come true but sometimes he can be fierce and ferocious at the same time and he does bad magic when that happens.  After I come home from school my dad does some good magic before I go to bed.  I love my warlock dad and he loves me.

Jemima (aged 9)

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Tuition Tip – Student Burnout

A sports coach knows the signs when he sees them – decreased ability to concentrate, confusion, decreased motivation, increased irritability, grumbling, quarrelsomeness, over sensitivity to criticism, anxiety, depression.

A good coach will recognises the signs of over-training and give his athlete a break before burn-out sets in. A great coach will not let these signs develop because he knows how to pace his athlete to bring them to their peak without demoralising them.

Burn-out can occur in any one of any profession and of any age, children included. Many parents do not realise they may be setting their child up for burn-out later in the year because they, as their child’s coach, have not planned their activities so that their academic athlete may peak at the appropriate times (exams).

It is with the best intentions that many parents will fill almost every minute of their little one’s waking hours with sport, training for sport and transport to and from sport. I am amazed at how many children are undertaking more than one sport a school term. If you are a parent who is building a champion please remember three things.

  1. Training and playing sport is very tiring. That is why great coaches do not over-load their prized athletes. They allow down time for recovery and for their protégés to spend time doing non-competitive recreational activities.
  2. A tired student will find it difficult to concentrate in class.
  3. In today’s world a person has a much better chance of achieving a high income with good grades than becoming a highly paid athlete.

If the situation has developed where a student may require extra tuition to assist with their education then a choice has to be made with a view to prioritising. It may be necessary to drop another activity for a while as the student regains their academic confidence. It is best to not load up an already over-loaded timetable.

As for being a great coach and preparing for the next season we will be running a pre-school program in January to ease our students back into their academic year.  Contact us for more details.

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