‘Do something to make the world a better place’
As we close in on the end of the school year I have once again been asked to write a small piece for Year 6 in their yearbook. Here is an excerpt of this that I share as an example of the type of thing that I talk to the girls about in assemblies and in person:
Be comfortable in your own skin. This took me a long time to learn and I have been much happier ever since. It does not matter what other people think of the way you look, you are unique and special and need to be content with that. That does not mean don’t look after yourself. Eat well, exercise and you will have energy to burn.
Do something to make the world a better place. My generation have done more harm than good. We have not achieved enough to look after the world in which we live. It is going to be down to young people to grow up making things happen and improve the society around them.
Be tolerant. This is a big one and something I try to live by. So much time, effort and vitality is lost through the useless pursuit of conflict and argument. Let other people live the way they want to live and accept them for what they are. Try to walk out of a room leaving it a happier place than when you went in.
Never be nasty or rude to anyone online or in a message. Remember those eSafety lessons and the things we have talked about regarding your online personality. It is so easy to get dragged into a situation where someone ends up incredibly upset. If someone does this to you do not respond. Block and report.
There is more but I will reserve those words for the girls who might read them in their special book. I do try to live by the ideals that I espouse to the girls which can be easier said than done. I may fail sometimes but then that is one of those principles; to be unsuccessful, pick oneself up again and try again.