Message from Staff
Kia ora te whanau
Week four, term four. Change is really upon us: Blossoms; Gardens are blooming; The sun rises earlier and sets later; and temperatures are warming up. We can be grateful for the seasons which each bring special changes to our environment.
Traditionally this can be a very busy and sometimes stressful time of the year for us all in the lead up to Christmas. It seems a bit crazy that one of the two most important dates on the calendar for the followers of Jesus can be so potentially stressful. With Peace and Love as our focus this term we will certainly be reminded, that is not how God intended us to be during the advent season. I know it is always a good reminder for myself to keep the reason for the season at the forefront of my mind.
Our Peace and Love focus this week is ‘peaceful relationships’. We will focus on this during our ‘Living Christianly’ sessions. During our circle time we’ll be discussing ‘dealing with arguments’.
At RCS we use a restorative approach to helping children sort through issues they have with one another. Restorative practices – as used at RCS – provide a framework for building community and for responding to challenging behaviour through authentic dialogue, understanding different perspectives, and making things right.
One of the things the children will be learning this week is that not everyone sees a situation in exactly the same way. Through these next sessions they have the opportunity to learn to see things from other peoples point of view. In turn this can help them realise how their behaviour can affect those around them and what action needs to be taken to put it right. Of course arguments and disagreements are healthy and natural parts of any good relationship and indeed learning. But our approach to disagreements can make all the difference in achieving positive outcomes – particularly with our focus being on Peace and Love. I also love the way it ties in with our vision: Christ-like, creative, critical thinkers, enjoying academic success, and developing personal gifts to bring hope and joy to their world.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
I’m sure there will be some interesting discussions to come out of this week’s learning.
Have a blessed week,