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Make the most of 86,400 opportunities a day

Just imagine that at one second past midnight you are told that you have won $86,400.

Wow, what will you spend it on? A new saxophone? A heap of new clothes? Give some away to parents, friends, your church? Buy a new car to drive when you are old enough? Pay for the best holiday in the world?

There is one catch, though, you only have until midnight to spend the lot. You received it at one second past midnight and you have until one second to midnight to spend the lot. You are told: “use them or lose them.”

What a challenge even for the most chronic shopaholics among us, even for the most generous of givers. What would you do?

 

86,400 seconds in a day

Every day it’s up to you to decide how to use them or lose them. How did you use yesterday’s 86,400 seconds? Looking back, did you use them well. Are you proud of the way you used them? Did you lose too many of them and have nothing to show for them?

86,400 seconds a day… Do you walk the talk? Let’s think about how we use our 86,400 seconds each day:

  • You say you want to be better at something, for example Maths or English or Art or swimming. Do you use some of your 86,400 seconds to practise?
  • You say you want to help those less fortunate: you want to follow the school’s motto and serve others. Have you organised your own community service, or do you do what the school organises? Have you used some of your 86,400 seconds to serve others here at school?
  • You say you want to be a good friend, are you a good member of your year group ... are you supportive of other girls? Do you stand by them or do you join in when others put them down? Have you used some of your 86,400 to smile and care for the others in your year group?

Each day presents us with 86,400 ticks of the clock. You get to decide how many of them matter.

Let me say it again. Each day presents us with 86,400 ticks of the clock. You get to decide how many of them matter.

Let me give you some help with an example of a great way to use your 86,400 seconds: next week is our IGSSA athletics carnival. We will be competing against girls from lots and lots of other schools.

Our Danebank athletes have put in many hours of practise: they run, throw and jump the talk and deserve our support. You can use some of your 86,400 seconds across the next week to congratulate them, wish them well and encourage them for the challenges ahead at Olympic Park.

So, there are 86,400 seconds in a day. It is up to you to decide how to use them or lose them. Let’s use them well, let’s make sure that they matter in the days and weeks ahead.

Mrs Maryanne Davis, Principal