We are coming to the time in the term that we encourage children to apply for their ‘Peace’ award.
The intention of children applying for these awards, rather than teachers choosing the recipients, is for the children to go through a self-reflection process that empowers them to identify their own growth and improvement in relation to the value of the term. For the majority of the children they will need your assistance to go through a quality reflection process.
For students in Years 3-8 the reflection process should be based around four main areas.
1. How have I improved in the goals I set near the start of the term, then shared at the Learning Conferences, in relation to the graduate attributes related to Peace.
2. What have I learnt and applied in relation to the Circle Time topics that have also been the focus of the newsletters and assemblies.
3. What have I learnt and applied in relation to the Living Christianly lessons, that have also been the focus of the memory verses.
4. What did I do for my Home Learning project, and what did I learn about Peace while doing this.
If the children have not shown growth in all of these areas then the best course of action is for you to have the conversation at home about what they could do next term to grow in all four areas and look to apply then rather than now.
For students in Years 1 and 2 the reflection needs to be around points 2 and 3, but they are not expected to do point 4 and the whole hub has been working on similar goals to grow in peace, so they can reflect on those ‘hub’ goals and what they have done to improve on them. If your child shared a goal with you at the Learning Conference related to Peace then they can reflect on this.
I would like to encourage everyone to go through this process with your children, whether you end out applying for the award or not. Reflection is a powerful thinking tool, and one that our students need to learn, in order to be empowered in their own growth and learning.
The applications can be made in a format that suits the way you worked through the reflection process, and needs to be in by the end of the term. We then look at the applications over the holidays.
If you have any questions regarding the process or different ideas for developing reflection skills with your child then please don’t hesitate to ask.
We look forward to hearing about all the ways your children have grown in Peace over the term!