Honesty is demonstrated by what we say and by what we do. It impacts our entire life; our jobs, our relationships, our own feelings about ourselves and the actions we take. It can move us forward and allow us to feel good about what we do.
The businessman and author W. Clement Stone came up with a quote which sums up how important honesty is.
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”
Last week was World Book Week and we have listened to and learnt poems in school. Here is a poem all about honesty.
It Is Better
“It is better to lose with a conscience clean
Than to win with a trick unfair;
It is better to fail, and to know you’ve been,
Whatever the prize was, square.
Than to claim the joy of a far-off goal
And the cheer of the standers-by,
And to know down deep in your inmost soul,
A cheat you must live and die.”
Watch a small Pass it On clip about honesty – click here.
This month’s value word is Caring – We all need to think about the way we show each other that we care – think about the people in your lives. Family, friends, teachers – how do you show these people that you care about them? Alongside caring for others we need to think about caring for ourselves. Looking after our health, eating properly, getting enough sleep, not spending too much time on tablets and phones! It is important to care for yourself and then you can be in the best position to care for others.
Watch this video: https://www.passiton.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/151-everything-i-do
This month’s value word is Appreciation – thinking about this value it is clear that it is something that is highly regarded at Bells Farm and one way that we show our appreciation is through our school blog. Though the blogs we show appreciation for the work that others have done and we celebrate all our learning. By showing our work on the blogs we allow others to appreciate just how hardworking the children at Bells Farm are.
We also show our appreciation through our excellent work and star assemblies – it is wonderful to see how much we really have to appreciate at Bells Farm!
Our value word for November is Freedom – this links very nicely into our work during anti-bullying week where the slogan was ‘All different – All equal’.
At Bells Farm we have discussed how sometimes people are bullied for being different – be that having a different religion, speaking a different language, coming from a different country or even having a different family to other people. It is important that everyone has the freedom to be who they want to be without fear of being bullied – it’s our differences that make us interesting and are something to be celebrated!
At Bells Farm we welcome that freedom and we welcome everyone!
The value work of tolerance is about accepting others, their opinions, beliefs and life choices. This quote sums this up completely. We need to accept that we are all different and it is through this acceptance that love can grow.
Year 4 have been discussing this month’s values word – Respect. You can read some of their comments on the blogs.
It is great to read about all the different ways that they found to show and give respect. There was respect for others, including adults and friends. What was wonderful to read as well was their understanding of the respect we should show people regardless of their faith or race and the acknowledgement of people’s rights to live their lives how they wish.
This month’s values word is Courage. We have seen the courage of people over the last few weeks with the events that have happened in London and Manchester and we have seen how courageous our emergency services have been as well as the general public. It is not always easy to do things such as standing up to others or speaking out when you see something wrong – but it is important that we do so.
This month our value word is Perseverance. I have seen many examples of this throughout the school. Year 6, who, throughout the year have persevered with their learning which culminated in all their hard work being put to good use in last week’s SATs. Children in all year groups persevering with learning their number clubs and children in Year 1 persevering and following a recipe to create some cakes.
Perseverance is also one of our learning behaviours and something that we encourage every day in our learning.
The value word for the month of April is Friendship – while looking at the blogs this week I came across some lovely work from Year 4 who were discussing friendship during circle time. Have a read here of all the lovely comments they made about Friendship.