Message from Staff
I hope this newsletter finds you refreshed and revived after such a beautiful weekend!
In Circle Time this week we are looking at being strong and truthful when we have done something wrong. In the resource we are using to run our Circle time programme this term, the introduction to the section places a lot of emphasis on what we, as adults, model in relation to this. Do we admit to our own mistakes? Do we say sorry to our children when we have wronged them in anyway?
A number of you were able to attend the John Parsons information evening a couple of weeks ago. For those of you unable to attend I would highly recommend him as a speaker if the opportunity is offered to you again. What stood out to me in what he was saying was the vital role that adults play in the lives of children to shape and guide them through the things we model and the ways we help them to learn through experiences. I came away with a real sense of the need for strong and courageous love when dealing with children.
He spoke at length about the importance of instilling family values into children, I think the same applies with the school values. His view, as an expert in Cyber Safety, was that the best way to keep your child safe in the space we call the Cyber World is to instil values in our children so they start to make wise choices without us. He spoke about the importance of modelling the things we want to see in our children. For us at school this means the teachers living out the values of Hope, Excellence, Love and Peace. I wonder what the values you hold most dear in your homes? How are you modelling these?
The other aspect that really stood out to me was the importance of how we, as adults, respond to children when they make a mistake. I came away with the thought that the strongest type of love we can demonstrate to our children at this time is not to remove the problem from them or make them suffer through it, but instead to love them in a way that empowers them to face the mistakes they have made, work through them, and then learn from them so they are again able to demonstrate the values we hold dear.
I really feel like this message sits so closely with what we are teaching this week about being strong and truthful when we have made a mistake. We want children to feel strong enough, through knowing they are loved, that they can face the truth when they have done something wrong. When our children come to us with the truth they need to know that we will empower them to put things right and grow from the mistake. It is very hard for someone to change their behaviour if they don’t first own it.
So, I encourage you this week, think about how you are creating a space in your home where children learn to be strong and truthful when they have made a mistake, so they can learn to make increasingly kind and wise choices in their behaviour. We will be focussing on the same thing here!