Kindness begins with me
The days are growing shorter, the weather is gloomier and, for many, the seasonal blues are well and truly descending. With a dip in mood, it can be hard to be kind to others, so it is no coincidence that Anti-Bullying Week takes place at this time of year. This year’s theme has been ‘Choose Respect’.
Indeed, this is a wonderful way of focussing the mind and drawing everyone’s attention to the very real problem which bullying can present in any social environment. The main issue with a focus week is that it ends. At Brookham, we all believe that this important message cannot be compartmentalised into one week a year. If we are truly to teach children to be kind and respect others, this must be part of our teaching, our language and our behaviour day in, day out - no matter what the weather.
Many of you will know the story, ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’, by Michael Rosen, where the rather naughty bunny likes nothing better than to 'bop' all the forest creatures on the head. The Good Fairy is not amused and reiterates her anti-bullying message on a regular basis, to little or no avail. We are none of us perfect! However, the fabulous staff at Brookham are decidedly more optimistic than Mr. Rosen. We know that, with the right support and guidance, every child will learn to value others and develop friendships based on kindness and mutual respect. It is always worth remembering the poignant moral to one of Aesop’s fables, The Lion and the Mouse, ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’