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10 August 2018

posted 9 Aug 2018, 17:52 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 9 Aug 2018, 17:56 by Stephanie Williams ]
"What will our children do in the morning if they do not see us fly?" Rumi

I always remember my start in the teaching world. I had a very scary senior teacher who said to me on Day 1 "I hope you know you have the power to make or break a child's day."

We are human, we make mistakes and don't always get it right, but the quote above from my favourite, Rumi, really speaks volumes to me.

As the adults in a child's life, we have a massive responsibility. We need to model that mistakes are OK and that challenges are worth the risk. We need to support our children to be kind to themselves, to get over the blips in the road and pick themselves up and try, try, try again. We need them to feel secure in the knowledge that perfection does not exist and kindness trumps all.

When a child follows the example of any adult, they will pick up habits and perspectives that could last a lifetime. Many of you will be aware that we have a strong focus on language use at WBS. I have many favoured quotes but the one I use the most is by Hafiz: "The words you speak become the house you live in".

I know that the staff will remind me if I am not a positive model for them, just as I will remind the staff if I'm not hearing or seeing what I would like to in their interactions.

If it's true that "it takes a village to raise a child", I would like to think that all adults within the WBS community take this responsibility seriously and recognise the importance of positive role models and how they can use their 'power' for good.

We want our children to fly, we need to show them that we can.