It is lovely to see so many smiling faces today, all ready to tell us about the interesting things everyone got up to over the holidays. This is my favourite term of the year and we have lots of activities planned for families and children, such as all the concerts, the Christmas Fayre, and Bingo night!
Some of you already know, I am a big fan of poetry and I came across the poem below recently which started me thinking a lot about our impact as a school and a community. The children in our community are so precious to us all. As a school, we look after the children in our care together in partnership with parents, families and neighbours. We all work together to share our joint values and beliefs with our children. We help them develop strong roots which will help them grow up to be the best they can be. On our reception wall you will find a quote which says “The better the seed is planted and watered, the stronger and faster it grows.”
I think the poem below explains our values and why they are so important.
A life in your hands
If children live with criticism
They learn to condemn
If children live with hostility
They learn to fight
If children live with ridicule
They learn to be shy
If children live with shame
They learn to feel guilty
If children live with tolerance
They learn to be patient
If children live with encouragement
They learn confidence
If children live with praise
They learn to appreciate
If children live with fairness
They learn justice
If children live with security
They learn to have faith
If children live with approval
They learn to like themselves
If children live with acceptance and friendship
They learn to find love in the world.
Dorothy Law Holte
I’m sure I will see most families this half term, so stop me and tell me what you think about the poem and all the events which happen.