Martyn Smith, writing about Wesley College

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IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL
(1995, to be displayed in classrooms)

 

In a book called ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, the father says to his daughter (whose nickname is ‘Scout’), “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks.  You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

In the Junior School, everybody

  • tries hard to get to know and understand other people

  • considers the feelings of others, trying to see things from their point of view

  • wants to receive this consideration as well as to give it

  • contributes their own special abilities

so that all are happy and able to do their best.

To help achieve this, everybody

  • is keen to do their best

  • makes sure that others are given the opportunity to do their best

  • makes the most of their opportunities

  • speaks kindly about one another, trying hard not to be mean in words and actions

  • listens carefully to one another

  • encourages one another and tries to be positive

  • is polite, remembering simple courtesies of ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’, giving way to others and taking turns

  • looks for chances to share time, skills, ideas and things

  • cares for the property of others by using it only when permitted, keeping it in good condition and returning it when expected

  • keeps the environment clean, tidy and pleasant for all.

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