Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,

One of our Mercy values is Respect. Last week I asked a class, what does it mean?
The children responded with some good ideas but found it hard to give a definition. They could give examples of some things they could do, like respect the environment by picking up rubbish but couldn’t really describe what respect  is in relation to each other.
Here are some definitions and ideas about what respect is:
·      to show regard or consideration for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.
·      to admire their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
·      respect can be both given and/or received.
·      respect can be something that is earned or built over time.
·      continued caring interactions are required to maintain or increase feelings of respect among individuals.
If we can teach our children to understand what respect is, it must surely help to develop positive interactions with each other.
It seems to be easier to respect our elders but we also need to work on respecting our siblings and peers, which can sometimes be harder.
When talking to the children we discussed how we are all different from each other and if we can respect peoples differences we find it easier to get on together.

Have a good week
Lindsay Stevens

(Acting Principal)

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