Our Values and Ethos
Our value this term is:-
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller – an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
As we start the new school year we look ahead to the opportunities ahead of us – all of us. The value we are starting with this year is so important that without it we would not achieve most of what we are capable of – co-operation.
In assembly, I asked for volunteers to take part in a competition. After placing the children into 2 teams at either end of a rope, I explained that I have placed prizes around the hall for each team but that they couldn’t let go of the rope to get their prizes. After a short time of playing tug-of-war, I asked for suggestions from the other children for how the teams could retrieve their prizes.
The answer was for them both teams to walk, carrying the rope, to one side of the hall and pick up the prize, then walk together to the other side and pick up the prize there.
The children were then told the parable of the two donkeys.
Once upon a time, two donkeys were left tied to each other in a stable. One donkey's feeding trough was at one end of the building, and the other's was at the other end. They pulled and pulled at each other, trying to drag the other to their trough, till they collapsed hungry and exhausted to the floor. The donkeys were hungry, despite having been given plenty of food, because they refused to cooperate. They could have walked together to one trough and then to the other and both been well fed.
Explain that competing against each other can be fun; it can be healthy, and can lead us to try harder. However, competing can cause problems, especially if we do not care for and help others. Also, when we cooperate and work together we can often achieve much greater things, more easily. This is true for us, and for our country, and for all the nations of the world.
The children were asked to reflect on how to work as a team – having good wishes for each other; that those who give co-operation receive co-operation; that co-operation is everyone’s responsibility but takes courage and willpower to achieve; and finally that co-operation requires recognising the unique role of every individual whilst keeping a sincere, positive attitude