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Skippers United!

Posted: 20th November 2020 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

As we approach the end of Anti-Bullying Week we can reflect on a number of pastoral foci this term, which is one of the reasons why Skippers is such a positive and dynamic place. This came through our Governance Visit last week when our Education Director, Gregg Davies, commented on how happy the children were.

Anti-Bullying Week focused on ‘United against Bullying’. For our Rose Garden we have designed a jigsaw display that will reflect the fact we are all a piece in the Skippers puzzle, and together, we are united. At Skippers we regularly see examples of what can happen when we come together for a common goal.

I had a fascinating conversation with a Year 7 child where she queried how adults keep telling children how to behave and be kind and respectful but wasn’t sure about the example being set. ‘It’s like adults want us to behave better than themselves.’ She went on to elaborate about watching toxic arguments about politics, what they see with sports on TV and how celebrities talk about each other through various social media. We need a united message.

I therefore decided to tie in World Kindness Day from last week. My assembly this week focused on an Amelia Earhart quote: 

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”

To help demonstrate this point I used a study that found workplace friendships help break down misconceptions to allow us to better understand each other. 

An example quoted was how Hadiya Masieh, who is Muslim, and became close friends with Samuel Rosengard, an Orthodox Jew, after working together. Conversations would often start off when they bumped into each other. They found they had the exact same agenda and passions, shared common cultural traits between Jewish and Muslim communities and areas of agreement and disagreement. These disagreements were discussed in a way that was respectful and understanding of one another.

There are so many lovely children at Skippers, who genuinely care and look out for each other. Each one different but united through kindness and respect.

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