Treat people the way you would like to be treated

At the beginning of every term I choose a particular theme which provides a focus for the term which I hope will not only apply to the term in question but will be considered, referred to and thought about at different times throughout the children’s education.

The theme is linked to the Hatherop Values which provide the framework for how we expect Hatherop pupils and community to live and work. Last term, I spoke in many assemblies to the children about raising their expectations; to aim high in what they would like to achieve during the term and beyond. Of course, as we move into a new term, I still want the children to push and challenge themselves in their target setting and ambitions, but I will be asking the children to think, reflect and act on another important value.

My theme for this term is the golden rule, ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’. If every member of our society followed this simple rule we certainly would live in a kinder, more respectful and tolerant world. I am sure, like me, you are horrified by the stories and news reports that emerge from Ukraine each day and while there are plenty of acts of kindness happening to support the Ukrainian population and communities as they experience the horrors of war; I always come back to the question, what if the Russian authorities had followed the Golden Rule before they sent their troops into the Ukraine? While we cannot control or affect what others do or how they act, what we absolutely should not do is use their example as a way to lead our lives. As I say to the children repeatedly you can only control what you say, do or how you act.

Looking at our Hatherop community, we all need to be reminded about the importance of thinking about others, showing kindness, consideration and tolerance to each other regardless of their beliefs, behaviours and attitudes.   As adults we always need reminding of these important values and so I hope you will support us at school in helping the children consider treating others the way you would want to be treated.