Love one another
The last few weeks have been a challenging time for ourselves and millions around the world as we have been called to face up to the horrors of racism in our society. The death of George Floyd in America has made us reflect on who we are, what we do, how we react and think about other people. In school and in our homes, children, staff and adults have been discussing the Black Lives Matter campaign and what it means. May I encourage us all to continue to reflect on our own actions and how we view others. We may not perceive that we discriminate against others, but talking personally I know that it is difficult to comply with the commandment Jesus gave
"Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
So we can reflect on the times:
when we have loved our friends but not strangers,
when we have loved our family, but not the relative who was rude to us last year,
when we have loved our neighbour, but not the one who plays loud music,
when we have loved some people of different races, ethnicity, culture, nationalities, gender, sexuality, but refused to show compassion, humanity or care to others because “they are different” or have just arrived in our country,
when we have loved those who agree with us but not those who don’t.
when we have loved those who protest peacefully but not those who don’t.
when we have loved those who are kind but not those who are difficult to get along with.
I share with you three resources which you may find useful. One a link to a Parent’s Guide to Black Lives Matter.
Secondly, information about the Windrush Generation. Monday 22nd June is Windrush Day.
Thirdly a poem, to help us consider what we are teaching children.
Children learn what they live
If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, He learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, He learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, He learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, He learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, He learns justice.
If a child lives with security, He learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, He learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns to find love in the world.
Dorothy Lew Nolte
Mrs Wood, Principal