- No braces
- No wire
- No cut gums or cheeks
- No wax or elastics
We are going to continue our drive to #sell1000pizzas next weekend. We are so inspired to reach our goal 🧡 thank you thank you, THANK YOU!“
4 Artisan Burgers and Chips ( we can adjust it to fit the size of your family)
A pair of Dad socks by AJ Arts
and a 250g Pack of the most amazing roasted coffee beans from Ground Coffee House
Price per Box - R480
How to heighten your happiness
I have recently had the pleasure of interacting with a number of individuals living in one or the other of the local retirement villages. Unlike most, a small handful of these individuals have managed to sustain a generally happy and content 'frame of mind' throughout this lockdown period.
And it seems to me that their positive attitude is not because they are in denial about the current situation and/or because they are unable to acknowledge the unpleasant emotions of uncertainty, anxiety and/or frustration that most others are experiencing. It seems, rather, to be because of the well-practiced skill of noticing the good; of looking out for the small daily experiences that are positive and then really soaking them up.
So, what does result in happiness and contentment, especially during difficult times like these?
Well, recent studies have shown that being happy is often about choosing a simpler life that enables one to focus on the essential. And happiness research strongly suggests that by practicing gratitude on a daily basis we will be much more likely to sustain feelings of happiness and contentment.
Gratitude is the feeling that tells us things are good enough as they are; a feeling that sets us free from high expectations and allows us to see magic in the little things. To make gratitude a habit, we need to learn to place more focus on small moments of joy.
The challenge then is for you to recognise the simple things that can make you feel good (and grateful); a friendly exchange with a teller at the supermarket, the last fire-coloured Autumn leaves, a beautiful Winter sunset/sunrise, a genuine compliment, etc.
We are all capable of gratitude, but sometimes we need a little reminder to practice it. And there are many reasons to practice gratitude, including the fact that it has the capacity to change and strengthen the brain in very positive ways.
Research shows that gratitude can improve general well-being, increase resilience, and strengthen social relationships. The more grateful a person is, the greater their overall well-being and life satisfaction. You will have a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, better sleep (and better waking hours).
You will also be more alert and more generous, compassionate, and happier. Grateful people also have a greater capacity for joy and positive emotions.
Gratitude simply involves being mindful of, i.e. paying attention to, the goodness in the world, but it doesn't mean ignoring the difficult or unpleasant stuff that we all experience from time to time. Gratitude makes sure that in the midst of the things that serve up a good dose of difficult and/or unpleasant feelings, we don't lose sight of the good.
Research has found that we tend to feel more grateful for experiences than for things we have. One theory is that 'things' can cause us to compare what we have to what other people have, while experiences are more likely to shift our focus to our own personal circumstances, and expand feelings of appreciation and contentment.
It has been found that regularly practicing gratitude will actually change the structure of your brain. This is because the feeling of gratitude activates areas of the brain that are involved in feelings of reward (the reward when stress is removed), morality, interpersonal bonding and positive social interactions.
Gratitude also causes a surge of feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. These all contribute to the feelings of closeness, connection and happiness that come with gratitude.
And the more that gratitude is practised, the more your brain learns to tune in to the positive things in the world. This doesn't come naturally because we humans have a negativity bias, which means that we're wired to notice threats in the environment.
This bias has helped to keep us alive... but not necessarily happy. Gratitude can be a way to nurture a more positive focus, and teach your brain to spend more time on the good and less time hanging on to the things that cause emotional pain and/or turmoil.
It is also important that you hold the good experiences for about 20 seconds as this is long enough to create positive structural changes in the brain. Gratitude gives us space to 're-experience' the event, rather than having us quickly move on from it.
So, how do I practice gratitude? There are plenty of ways, but however it's done, it's important that it's done with consistency and novelty. Our brains like novelty which is why the great joy we feel for things in the beginning often quickly fades.
Gratitude can change this if we regularly give our brains something new and positive to focus on. Being grateful for the same things every day just doesn't work very well. As for consistency, if negative feelings are your default, it can be difficult. So start small. Here are some ways to practice.
1. At the end of each day make a mental note of (or even write down) 3 things that have happened during the day that you're grateful for. They can be as big or as small as you want. Doing this for 21 days will train your brain to start scanning the world for positives instead of for threats. Make sure that the things you are grateful for are new and specific. So rather than, 'I'm grateful for my friends', try, 'I'm grateful for Sally because of the way she made me laugh today.'
2. Spend two minutes writing down in detail one of your positive experiences from today. Try to recall every detail about it. As you remember positive experiences, your brain labels it as meaningful and the imprint in your brain deepens.
In general, gratitude rewires our brain so we become more likely to focus on the positives in the world than the negatives. We're not going to become oblivious to danger if we appreciate the positives for a little while but we will become more open to the good, the things that nurture our happiness and emotional well-being.
The result of my "naming competition" to provide a name for my new psychology-related training "school" / services... is that there were so many clever names offered by so many people that I am feeling a little stuck in trying to choose just one name! A sincere thank you is due to all who participated.
I have decided to offer everyone who reads my Newsletter free access to my online "Dealing with Depression without Drugs" course (for a limited time). This course will be beneficial for all those who have experienced or are currently experiencing depressive symptoms and/or for those who are wishing to support a loved one who is experiencing a depressive episode. The URL for this course is below:
My 8-week online "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction" course is about to be finalised. I will let you know as soon as it is ready for you to access.
With warm regards,
Alistair Mork-Chadwick (Psychologist)
Laddsworth Grade 7s showing their new social distancing greeting.
L-R: Dax Jursa, Cody Harms, Matthew Bishop and Adam Tilbury keeping their social distance outside their classroom.
L-R: Amy Goddard having her temperature taken by Mr Gavin Lambooy (Headmaster).
Front L-R: Musa Mnisi having her hands sanitized by Mr Neelan Pillay (Deputy Headmaster). Back L-R: Mrs Linda Wolhuter and Madison Guy.
L-R: Jenna-Rose Ingram, Emma Kloppers and Tara Stegan enjoying break-time outside.
L-R: Adam Tilbury, Joshua Tilbury, Zara Gilson, Angie Harvey arriving at school.
Mr Gavin Lambooy (Headmaster) welcoming a Grade 7 class.
Laddsworth Primary School was very excited to welcome back the Grade 7s on Monday 8 June 2020. The school was ready to receive the learners and all safety protocols are continuously followed to ensure the safety of learners and staff at all times. After weeks of doing school work at home, the children were very excited to be back at school and to see their teachers and friends again.
Contact: Addy Tilbury
Tel: 033 343 3256
There is only one solution for household and business waste going forward, you must sort into categories, place into clear plastic bags, and drop or arrange collection once done. This is critical as a single mistake in sorting can close a recycling plant!
Guide to the separate categories for your recycling;
Paper (old books, newspapers, magazines all with staples removed)
Board (cardboard, boxes)
Glass (containers - jars and bottles no metal lids)
Plastics hard (containers – bottles – plastic lids)
Plastics soft (shopping carry bags, bread bags)
Milk cartons (lids off and pack separately, cleaned, and squashed flat)
Metal (Food and drink cans, metal lids removed form bottles)
Tetra Packs (foil-lined containers e.g. milk and juice boxes)
• Remove all caps and lids and place in correct categories
• Empty all contents and rinse (bottles and jars)
• Flatten all plastic and paper containers/boxes
• Ensure that bottles are not broken
It is important to note that there are items that must go to your “Other Waste” bin as these will not be accepted or collected by Central Waste;
Chemicals: medicine, paint, solvents
Organics (Food leftovers, vegetable and fruit peels, garden waste are meant for your composting system and if you do not have one find a neighbour who does!)
E-waste e.g. cell phones
Whiles some components of the waste listed above are recyclable, they are not processed by Central Waste.
Complimentary Service for Confidential Shredding
Central Waste offers a confidential shredding service, this is available free for paper collections that exceed 1 cubic metre. Your papers will be collected and shredded at no charge if you live in Hilton, Howick, Merrivale or Pietermaritzburg. A Certificate confirming that your documents have been confidentially shredded is available if you need one.
Zanokuhle Ngcobo, Grade 1, chose the letter ‘T’ for Tiger. (Pictured below left.)
Sadly we couldn’t celebrate our new opening in the same style under the current circumstances, but we do look forward to seeing our clients in the hustle and bustle of the centre and we welcome all visitors to pop in for a quick visit on your way past.
• Make sure your alarm is activated before you go to bed.
• It is wise to have outside beams to alert you of any intrusion on your property.
• Make sure your items are kept locked away and not left lying around for opportunist theft.
• Alert Police and Security companies of suspicious behavior.
• Make a note of serial numbers of electrical appliances.
• Make sure your car is properly locked at parking lots. Beware of remote jamming.
• Do not accept help from strangers at Atm’s.
• Be alert and vigilant at all times.
• Make sure your car doors are locked at intersections.
• Make sure your cars are securely locked at your residence and gates locked as well.
• SAPS cannot respond to crime reported on social media, they can only respond to reports of crime if a call is made to the Charge Office [Community Service Centre] or Radio Control.
• If a person is being harassed or threatened by anyone, the victim must call the police to the scene so that the police can check out the identity of the person, and take steps to correct the problem. The victim can also call his/her security company to stand-by, or ask the centre security to assist.
• Security companies note that residents are not always setting their alarms.
• Be vigilant when shopping not to leave handbags unattended in the trolley whilst taking goods off shelves.
• Prior to going away, check your alarm systems, advise your security company and make sure your house sitter has all the important contact numbers.
• When you are shopping be more vigilant and do not leave handbags in shopping trollies and do not leave visible valuables in the car.
• Parents to advise children to always let them know where they are going and parents to always be aware of childrens whereabouts and even supervise their outings.
• Please keep social distancing practices in place at all times.
• Take the necessary precautions, washing hands, sanitizing, social distancing in public to be safe during this time of Coronavirus.
• Community Service Centre: 033 845 6520 (24 HRS) or 033 845 6521 (24 HRS)
• 10111 Emergency Call Centre: 10111 (24 HRS) from a Telkom line or 112 from a Cell phone
• Station Commander (Captain HN Sikhakhane ): 033 845 6522 (OFFICE HRS 07:30 – 16:00)
• Station Commander Cell: 082 418 8441
• Vispol Commander (W/O Van der Merwe): 033 845 6549 (OFFICE HRS 07:30 – 16:00)
• Vispol Commander Cell : 079 696 3736
• Detective Branch Commander (W/O Sindane): 033 845 6526 (OFFICE HRS 07:30 – 16:00)
• Detective Branch Commander Cell: 082 459 7454
The uMngeni Community Safety Initiative (UCSI) is a WHOLE community SAFETY project, established to create safer communities, deflect crime and promote socio-economic prosperity through the use of effective ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) SNIPR CCTV camera surveillance and providing intelligence information to Law Enforcement Agencies.
The UCSI is a registered Not-for-Profit Company (NPC) whose focus is on the pro-active monitoring of vehicles entering and exiting our uMngeni communities. The UCSI works alongside all Local and Provincial Law Enforcement Agencies as well as affiliated Security Companies.
The UCSI embraces synergy and collective efforts in fighting crime. The UCSI is driven by our communities, for our communities and operates in our communities. The UCSI is endorsed by the uMngeni Municipality.
Requirements of the position are:
o Mature person with previous management experience
o Ability to perform operational, administrative and PR functions
o Good command of spoken and written English
o Ability to speak in public
o Computer literate
o Drivers licence
o Locally based
Applications close Monday 29 June 2020 @ 12 pm
Successful applicants will be contacted telephonically for an interview.
June 2020 - Landlords and business owners are facing new uncertainties everyday due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Chief among these anxieties is how they are required to adapt interiors and buildings to comply with new international regulations.
Dr Maria Neira of the World Health Organisation put it eloquently when she said, "The wealth of business depends on the health of workers." Bearing that in mind, an ethos of responsibility needs to be cultivated and landlords must proactively assist tenants to mitigate situations that could place them in harm's way.
A system to report possible risk factors and seek assistance should also be put in place. The Occupational Health and Safety system is there to maintain safe and healthy work environments and minimise risk to employees. The legislation has been adapted to add additional layers of protection for the unique circumstances of COVID-19.
According to Raghmah Solomon, CEO at Vortex Design Solutions, an Interior Design company specialising in compliance of building fire, HVAC and electrical systems - business owners and landlords can expect change in the following areas:
Shared Public Spaces:
- As some businesses require visitors to queue, landlords could assist by working together with tenants by allocating queuing space in common areas.
- Shared public areas should be as health friendly as possible and include wash or sanitising stations, as well as signage to educate individuals about health and safety protocols.
- Ensure sanitising wipes are available at regular touch points such as doors, entrances, keypads and elevator buttons for cleaning.
- All lobbies should provide hand sanitiser and have a system to ensure people entering the building are wearing masks. Lobbies must also be used to keep track of the amount of people in the building at any one time.
- Waiting areas should be redesigned to comply with the minimum 1.5m distancing and the fabrics of all public furniture should be bleach friendly and able to withstand repetitive cleaning.
- The necessary social distancing signage, such as informational posters, floor decals and limits for the number of people allowed in a lift at one time, should be visible and repeated throughout the space.
- If possible, doors could be left open during peak lockdown stages to prevent excessive touching.
- Stairwells should have hand sanitizer at the top and bottom of each flight and if possible, should be on a sensor or dispersed by an individual that can remind visitors to sanitise when they enter.
- All taps in the bathrooms must be working so that people can wash their hands. To ensure that the water bills stay in check, refit the tap spouts with water saving nozzles.
- Consider putting sensor operated soap dispensers in the bathrooms and check regularly that they are full.
- Kitchens should have restricted access. Implementing alternating lunch and tea shifts will aid in ensuring the capacity of the kitchen area is always monitored.
- Providing employees with a set of cutlery or lunch wear with their name on it mitigates the risk of spread from people using shared cutlery.
- A wipe down protocol for the fridge, coffee machines, urns, kettles, toasters, printer stations, water coolers, microwave, filing cabinet, TV remotes and all surfaces should be implemented. All crockery, cutlery and glassware need to be packed away behind closed doors.
- Deliveries should be handled by dedicated staff who can monitor parcel collection and distribution inside the office area, and personal deliveries should be prohibited from being opened inside the office.
- General social distancing including wearing of masks, washing, and sanitising hands regularly and good health and hygiene practices are essential on an individual level.
- Staggering employees work hours to allow for spot cleaning before and after shifts is recommended, as well as a deep clean once a month at a minimum.
- A general hand wash station inside premises with warm water, limiting the bathroom to two people and food breaks are advised.
- Clean and sanitise aircon filters regularly and ensure they are in perfect working condition.
- For industries that cannot function without office bound staff, moving desks to the perimeter of the office into screened cubicle layouts. Moving desks closer to windows for better ventilation, also lowers the risk of continuously contaminating the space with airborne particles.
- Dividing the office up into individual offices or converting, even partially, to a work-from-home system might be a better long-term solution.
How to Comply in Retail:
- Start with instituting a new policy and procedure that includes an express dry-cleaning service between people fitting on and employees re-hanging on the rail or when people return clothing to a store.
- Jewellers and optometrists must have sanitizing stations where they can sanitize the product after it is fitted on a customer's face before it goes back on the shelf.
- Consider investing in online or e-commerce branches of your store to eliminate the risk posed by human interaction.
Applying social distancing in design means that business owners should consider changing their interior spaces as a permanent precautionary measure. Ultimately one needs to eliminate all the risks which may spread the virus. Using existing technology to its fullest extent, making products available online.
Tel: 033 343 3256
Take care and best wishes,
Tony, Carlene and Stewart
by Motheo Makwana (Portfolio Head of Transformation and Diversity) and Hlumelo Notshe (Head of School)
We are tired of our throats running coarse as we preach words of equality and justice, only to have them fall onto deaf ears. We are tired of feeling afraid or being made to feel inferior. We are tired of having our hearts broken, time and time again, as we watch the slaughter of our brothers and sisters.
We are tired.
Tragedies like George Floyd or Breonna Taylor are symptoms of the same disease. It is a disease that silently infects us, crippling us from the inside-out. What is scariest, is that we cannot protect ourselves against this disease by, simply, wearing masks or sanitizing our hands. This disease is engrained in the minds of people and entrenched in the systems of society. Therefore, it is a plague that touches us every minute of every day.
Like any disease, we cannot cure it by simply addressing the symptoms. Rather we need to look at the problem holistically. Firstly, we need to understand that race discrimination and police brutality are not only American issues. It is as widespread as COVID-19. It affects almost every crevice of the world -- let us not forget the South African struggle.
Secondly, we need to remember that when treating a disease, we need consistency. We are dealing with structural discrimination. The suffering of people does not end when the Instagram challenge has stopped trending. Therefore, our continued activism and support cannot end there.
Finally, we need to realise that this is not simply a race issue. This disease affects our women, the LGBTQIA community, the poor – all those oppressed by the systems of our society. Humans are complex beings. We are not defined by one aspect of our being. We are not simply black nor simply men. Intersectionality dictates that we are both and so much more at the same time. Therefore, to truly cure this disease, we must not only focus on one issue at a time but rather challenge injustice in any way, shape or form.
There is no true liberation for one, without liberation for all, everywhere.
This may appear to be an overwhelming task. However, we believe we are all capable of affecting change. It starts with a fundamental mindset shift and liberating the mind. This only, truly, happens through education. Think for yourself. Educate yourself. Read, watch, listen, discuss and learn. Information is everywhere and is easily accessible. Ignorance is no longer an excuse.
It is time to live the equality we so desire. George Floyd’s murder did not just happen. It was borne from a prejudice that has been nurtured and slowly grown over time.
You have the power to stop such future tragedies by stunting them at grassroots level. Educate those around you, challenge their prejudice and confront them when they tell a sexist joke or make a racist comment. In situations like this “neutrality” does not exist.
We understand that it can be uncomfortable, it can be hard and emotive, however that is precisely what transformation is. Now, more than ever, it is clear this disease has run rampant – our world is sick. Discomfort is no longer an excuse.
Although circumstances may look grim and our bodies and minds feel heavy, saturated in our exhaustion, we must not, we cannot stop fighting. Call us naïve, but we wholly believe in the inherent kindness and love imbued in the human spirit, reinforced in the African soul. It is time we let this love shine through.
As a school, we are tired. Nonetheless, we will continue to fight, for we are hopeful. We are hopeful that one day our voices will be heard. We are hopeful that one day we will not be made to be afraid or inferior. We are hopeful that one day we will not feel oppressed by our differences but rather empowered by them.
Ike ixarra ike (unity in our diversity).
Forever standing with you.
by Paul Venter (Staff representative on Hilton Students’ Transformation and Diversity Committee)
Four years ago, Colin Kaepernick knelt during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner in silent protest at the death of African American people at the hands of the police. His actions while lauded by many were criticized by others as being unpatriotic and offensive. His NFL contract was not renewed. Kaepernick followed in the tradition of a long line of courageous figures from Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Martin Luther King Jr speaking from the Lincoln Memorial, and the African American athletes who raised the Black Power salute, in solidarity with the Black Power Movement, during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. In all of those iconic events the protestors were vilified as being un-American, whereas in truth the were being the epitome of patriotism by attempting to make the United States of America stand true to its founding ideals of liberty and freedom from want for all.
The tragedy is that Kaepernick’s protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement fell on deaf ears and one of the terrible consequences of that deafness was the murder of George Floyd last Monday. Both in the United States and around the world there has been an outpouring of grief, anger and outrage as thousands of people have taken to the streets in largely peaceful protest. In far too many cases that protest has been met with baton charges, rubber bullets and tear gas. The response to the looting that has occurred in certain areas has been an outpouring of criticism on social media, but not a critique of what has led to the looting. Trevor Noah best summed up many peoples’ deafness when he said that people get angry about the looting but never acknowledge the fact that black bodies are being looted daily.
In our own country, the spirit of the Freedom Charter flows through the Bill of Rights which underpins the South African Constitution. Within the Constitution the Right to Life is sacrosanct, yet since the lock down began, Collins Khoza, Elma Robyn Montsumi and others have died. In a country whose past is littered with massacres from Bulhoek, Sharpville, Boipatong to Marikana, the silence about these tragic deaths has been telling.
Peoples deafness is no longer tenable. No longer can any of us use the words “Yes but” when engaging with people who are speaking out in pain, grief, frustration and fear. We have to call racism and violence for what it truly is: namely an attack on our shared humanity.
We stand in solidarity with all those peacefully protesting around the world, we reaffirm that Black Lives Matter and that violence by those who are entrusted to protect all the citizens of the world must end.
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