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Getting the message across

This week a very clear message has been communicated to our students at Gosford Hill School; to be kind. It reflects the core principle of our House System - looking after each other

Following an email from a parent that alerted me to a video online created by This Morning, I watched the heart breaking stories of two mothers who have lost their children to suicide following unkind behaviour from their peers and other children online.

This Morning are asking that parents watch this video with their children and ‘pledge’ to discuss the effects that unkind behaviour can have towards others. Taking inspiration from this, I decided to create an assembly for all students that highlights the key messages from the video.

With my Year 12 Drama students on board to help out, we recreated the stories using the words of the mothers with two Sixth Form students playing the part whilst the rest either played the victims or the perpetrators. The Sixth Formers were struck by how emotional the stories were and felt that it was necessary to engage their audience with three questions: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? They felt that if all students asked themselves those three questions before approaching other students or writing unkind comments online, students would generally feel a lot happier.

I have always been incredibly proud to work at Gosford Hill School and the behaviour of the majority of students is exemplary at all times. However, it would be untrue to say that I don’t witness unkindness and I feel as a teacher, it is my duty to teach students what unkindness can lead to. It is far too easy for students to ignore a nasty comment, especially when they don’t realise it’s the 10th nasty comment that a person has been subjected to that day. This is a team effort between my colleagues, the students and you as parents and it is never simply ‘job done’.

Throughout the coming weeks, teachers will be alert to random acts of kindness. This will enter students into a draw where they will be in for winning a prize. This could be anything from helping out another student in lesson, holding a door open for somebody or simply reminding others about the importance of being kind.

If you are interested in watching the video please follow the link below and click the pledge button to say that you will watch and discuss this video with your children.

http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/pledge-to-share-our-anti-bullying-message

I feel it is important to remember that our children are always learning and reminding them of the simplest of things will help them to get the bigger things right.

Jo Brimble - House Leader: Cherwell

Posted: 2017-04-28 08:56:09
Last Edited: 2017-05-04 14:21:40