Rotary St Ives will be at The Tree of Joy from now uni until Wednesday 21 December at St Ives Shopping Village.
Our first gift returned to the tree on Monday was from the sweetest little boy and his Mum. He is so small he almost gets lost in the tree behind him, but you can't miss that big smile:) So special that children are learning to be generous to elderly people in nursing homes at Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in St Ives.
The winning entry of the ‘Four-Way Test’ Writing Competition was written by Amin Habibi, a Year 9 student from St Ives High School and is published below.
Everything in life, whether it be through actions or speech, affects not only those that instigate the action, but the countless number of people who are also in one’s social circle. The clichéd saying “There is a time and a place for everything,” is quite appropriate as one must always consider the manner of their actions in relation to the people around them. Therefore, it is necessary to think through the Four-Way Test and analyse the strategies one can use to make the right decisions, say the right things and ac appropriately in the right place at the right time.
Is it the Truth?
Honesty is a trait that is cherished and valued by society. Unfortunately, dishonesty is becoming more and more accepted in the general public as role-models continue to disappoint my generation with their immoral, fraudulent acts. Lance Armstrong professional road racing cyclist, was diagnosed with a potentially fatal form of testicular cancer which has spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen. When asked in an interview on Lance’s chance of survival, Jim Reeves (his urologist) said “Almost none”. Miraculously, he came back from his cancer ordeal to win the Tour de France seven consecutive times. Jim Reeses said on his unbelievable comeback, “incredible. It’s almost too good to be true ....”” Due to his ridiculous feat, allegations of doping began to plague Armstrong. He continued to deny any form of doping for six years. He had the whole world behind him. He was my role-model, I defended him and thought the media was wrong. In 2013 Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in a live televised interview with Oprah Winfrey. His story goes down as one of modern history’s worst lies and his reputation (as well as cycling’s) was tarnished forever. I could never look at him the same way ever again. This is how I learnt the consequences of dishonesty. Honesty is very important no matter what age you are or what the situation is. The ability to balance the act of truthfulness is essential to the Four-way Test, as one cannot be to honest to the point of being offensive.
Is it fair to all concerned?
Life is not fair, and as truthfully hurtful it may be, it is still true. However, there is a point where one can harass, bully, or abuse someone, and that is definitely not fair. The antagonist in this situation has not thought or even considered their actions towards this person and the way they might feel in response to their comments or actions. If every person that went out of their way to make someone else miserable considered the fairness of their choice there would be no harassing, bullying or abusing. Displaying respect to your peers is incredibly beneficial, as they will most likely display the same respect back. This is why it is important (to) understand how others feel about the things you think, say or do.
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Baltasar Gracian once said, “True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert ... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune, to keep them is a blessing.” There is no other way to stress the importance of friendship in our modern society. Understanding how to build positive relationships is imperative in having great friendships. Therefore, evaluating your decisions before you act upon them is important as it is very easy to seriously harm, or even break one’s relationships.
Will it be beneficial to all concerned? “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say it.”
Whether it be adding to class discussion, or suggesting an idea at a meeting, it is essential that everyone can capitalise on the positive values and thoughts one can display. Through demonstrating these types of values, one can attract respect from their peers and hopefully pass on their values to others. However, in a world where people are sacrificing the future of our planet for immediate financial gain, it is important to remember that if there was to be a scenario where one person’s immediate wellbeing must be sacrificed, it should be yours. The hackneyed saying of “Put others before yourself” is very relevant in this case.
Displaying respect to one another is incredibly important to me, and as my father always says “respect is very easy to lose, but incredibly difficult to gain back”. This saying is synonymous with all of the Four Tests and should be applied alongside each of the tests. Essentially, considering the truth, fairness fellowship and benefits of your actions can help you make the right decision every time. When you reflect on the truth of a statement, you can save yourself the potential embarrassment and tarnishing of your image. By considering the fairness of your choices, the decisions you make will not be offensive or humiliate anyone and in turn will strengthen your personal image. This is why the Four-Way Test should be applied to any aspect of your life.
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” Ray Disney
1st Prize $250 to Amin Habibi - The Importance of the Four-Way Test
2nd Prize $150 to Kate Farkas - A Better Outlook for a Better Future
3rd Prize $100 to Hilary Ross - Four-Ways from Age Four
- Abbey Cormican-Jones – Reflections As You Go
- Abigail Bywaters – A Healthy Teenager with Healthy Relationships
- Isla Davison – Foundations of a positive relationship
- Lily Chadban – Testing the ‘Four-Way Test’
- Grace Manning – Conquering the Battlefield of High School
- Auria Nunes – Intuition over Instruction
- Jessica Yap – Truth About High School Minds
- Cathy and George Papallo for being the most elegant Melbourne Cup couple
- Chris Malloy for being the most glamorous Halloween character
- Marie and Grahame for being the most coordinated couple – loved the hot pink hats
- John Steele for going ‘above and beyond’ with the makeup and costume – fabulous John!
- Jane Ann Tainsh for the most creative Halloween outfit and still looking gorgeous!
Dr Greg McDonald was the most amazing speaker at our Rotary meeting Wednesday night. What an extraordinary Emergency Department specialist and humanitarian!!
We wondered about the title of his talk "Emergency Department Fun or Profit", but quickly came to understand the reality that working in an emergency hospital is never fun and certainly not for financial profit. The serious side of working in the Emergency Department of a large private hospital became clear, so too did the enormous level of commitment, expertise and experience this man brings to the culture of the SAN and all that work with him. What a gem of a gentleman!
Vien NguyenDecember 7
John WaterhouseDecember 13
Bruce FarnsworthDecember 24
Claudia OpitzDecember 7
Shirley WilsonDecember 10
Yvonne FarnsworthDecember 11
Helen LennonDecember 17
Murray LennonHelen LennonDecember 11