Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
This week we celebrate National Reconciliation Week and we began with a traditional smoking ceremony during our Monday morning assembly this morning. As the week continues we will hopefully begin, under the guidance of some of our local Aboriginal community members, some artwork on the container down on the oval to commemorate this important week in our history. We will be working with the children to develop their understanding of the importance of our acceptance and integration of ALL members of our community. The theme for NRW 2017 is ‘Let’s take the next steps’ and we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey—50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of us all as we continue to work towards creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples.
We also look to Manchester at this time, and while we pray for the victims of this senseless act, we also pray for and work towards educating our kids, so that they see and understand the true importance of being the Face of Jesus to ALL those they meet, in order to spread compassion, acceptance and most importantly love for all - sharing that sunshine! We want to create a world of peace, acceptance and love, full of sunshine NOT hate!
We as adults also need to know that children often cannot easily understand time and place. They may experience events, such as Manchester, as concrete and local and profoundly personal and emotional, and wonder if harm could happen to them. We then have the responsibility to reassure them that they are safe. As parents we can help our kids by:
- Monitoring media exposure
- Limiting the amount of time children spend watching media coverage of tragedy and terror.
- Listen to understand how children are feeling and thinking
- Provide children with opportunities to express their feelings
- Reassuring children
- Be aware of how you talk in the presence of children
- Paying attention to our own reactions
- Being alert to stereotypes
- Leaving children with a feeling of security but also hope
The above tips are outlined in more detail at: https://psychlopaedia.org/top-tips/tips-protecting-children-conflict-terror/
Let us always remember the ‘light’ we are and can be to others and appreciate the ‘light’ others are to us.
Thank you all again for everything you give to our community every day!