It has been a wonderful day back at school. Teachers and children have been warm, accepting, kind to each other, engaged in their learning pretty much from the off. A day’s training yesterday reminded us all of the distance we have to travel in order to become the school we really want to be, but the teachers and teaching assistants got on with it and began to inspire, teach and encourage with their usual good humour and commitment.
We have been reflecting on Jesus’ words in Luke 6 and Matthew 7 – do to others as you want them to do to you. Churches Together in England produced these little postcards for the Olympics, and we have given copies to each child in the school to remind them of the need to live in a way that adds love and subtracts sadness, multiplies kindness and shares what we have, loves 100% and treats all equally. The constant reminding of how to live in peace is one of the things that we will ceaselessly bring to children’s attention, to parents’ attention and to our own as well. It seems daft to put this sort of stuff in a blog, in a way, but then we need to live by it all the time, and we all know how easily these attitudes slip under pressure. If children can truly live this way, at home and at school; if parents can forget their own needs and quarrels and pay attention to the spiritual growth of their children; if we as a school can model this to our community – well, that would be something to write about.
Beauty and grace are reflected in each adult and each child, in their learning, in their minds, in their responses to one another and to the world. Often we don’t see it because we don’t choose the “right glasses”. Often it is marred because even young children are sometimes damaged by their parents and by their own foolish choices. That is when looking for it, identifying it and celebrating its effects become even more vital.
Adding love to all we do, taking away sadness – these are real, concrete steps we can implement this term. And let’s keep talking about it until we see some results!