We are fortunate to have at John Colet School students who most of the time exhibit behaviour of strong character, respectfulness and resilience. It is an aspect that is often commented on by visitors to our school and should be something that we are very proud of. This is achieved by having a collective understanding of our responsibilities and how we relate to each other with support and kindness.
It is important to remember that this is a central aspect of what primary education is about. Our students are continually learning how to be and are all at different stages of self-awareness, maturity and confidence. Disagreements will occur, friendships will rise and wane and sometimes frustrations will boil over. Our practice of stillness and mindfulness is very helpful here, as is the collective understanding within the school of what is right and fair.
As we continue to explore the Value of Courage, we now turn to how we protect those in need. It is sometimes difficult to stand up for oneself and even harder to stand up for someone else when we see they are in need. The easier choice is just to look after yourself, however we have seen through history that the wise people who have often made a difference are those that have shown the courage to support others.
It all starts in Infants and Primary as we encourage our students to show empathy and act when they know something is not right.
An apt Book Week quote:
It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends Dumbledore.