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Head of school’s Comment

Within the Value of Courage that we are focussing on this term, we are looking at forgiveness. The courage to forgive others and also ourselves requires self-control, inner strength and understanding of what is right. It is this concept within Courage that promotes a growth mindset, resilience and a willingness to learn from our errors.
Forgiving is not the same as forgetting. In fact, it is more closely aligned to remembering for it to be useful. It does not mean that you are saying what happened was okay, it does however, mean that you have let go of the anger or guilt towards someone, or towards yourself.
As we go through life we all make mistakes. We shouldn t spend our time in regret, thinking of what could have been. Instead, the focus needs to be on the present and ensuring that we have learnt from past mistakes. This is what learning is all about, the confidence to take risks, have slipups, learn from them, forgive yourself and others, and move on.
Forgiveness is like the fragrance a flower gives after it’s been stepped on Anon

Julian Wilcock