Researchers at Duke University estimate that up to 40 per cent of our actions each day - that’s a little more than six hours - are not conscious choices but mere habits. Six hours a day! Sometimes, rather than changing unproductive habits, we continue to accept them even when we are very unhappy with the results.
Pope Francis challenges us to revisit our meanings and goals in life: ‘ … my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up in within structures which give us a false sense of security, ..within habits that make us safe’. Rather he calls us to respond to being a community of faith, who give light and hope to others, rather than simply consuming everything for ourselves.
At St Francis de Sales we help our students focus on productive behaviours and taking responsibility to developing good habits, such as always wearing the uniform correctly, being punctual to school, and setting themselves up for success in their learning. Thank you to those parents who actively support this at home too, as this provides such a strong foundation for lifelong learning and well-being!
Pam Ronan, Principal