We as educators always keep the school's vision in front of us: Tomorrow's People.....growing men and women!
One of the biggest problems in schools world-wide is bullying. For the past few years we have been pondering this phenomenon. We have attended a number of presentations on this and tried to read widely on the topic. Why do children bully each other? According to Rude Awakenings: Overcoming the Civility Crisis in the Workplace (Dearborn Trade, 2002), 78% of respondents to one study reported aggressive and disrespectful behavior in the workplace. Their conclusion was that there is a real need to create a work environment filled with courtesy, self-restraint, and respect. This inspired us to choose HONOURING as a life theme for the year 2008 to 2010, as honouring is the opposite of disrespect.
We have decided to put emphasis on "showing good manners", "anger management" and "showing kindness". The teachers have taught on this in the assembly times and during life orientation. To give opportunities for expression, we introduced honouring days for the teachers, therapists, cleaners, admin staff and the children. On those days we give hugs, smiles, flowers and notes of encouragement.
We used every opportunity to teach the learners, and ourselves, to make the right decisions.
- Choose to respect the other person.
- Choose to control your anger.
- Choose to be kind.
- Choose to talk about the problem.
- If the problem is not solved, choose to tell the teacher.
- You have good manners.
- You are kind.