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WEEK 26 - Friday 1 April 2022

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me.

So says the children's rhyme that was used as a defence against name-calling and verbal bullying. Its intentions were to increase resilience and to avoid physical retaliation.

I have recently been to my own children’s parents evening and whilst I am obviously very interested to hear about how they are doing academically and that they are achieving their potential one of the main comments that always sticks in my head is that my children are kind, sociable and they are liked by the other children. 

Kindness; to be generous, considerate and friendly. 

One of the biggest battles we have as parents and in school is the use of social media. Unfortunately, both adults and young people often sit behind a screen and think it is acceptable to write things that they would never say to someone’s face, all too often choosing very unkind words. Some would use the term ‘keyboard warriors’ to describe people like this. Clearly, social media is a big problem for us and our aim for people to behave with kindness. Apparently, to combat this, there is now a ‘Social Media Kindness’ Day in November. Without sounding too old; they didn't need this when I was at school but the reality is that social media is just another thing that young people have to contend with.  

As Head of Year 7, I often speak to the students about ‘being kind’ and treating others as they would like to be treated themselves. School should be a happy place for young people, the place that they can come to and gain the best education whilst also spending time with their friends. We want the young people to be kind and to be respectful to each other, to understand that to gain respect they need to give respect and to speak to others in the way that they would like to be spoken to.

Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given. – Hussein Nishah 

We will continue to contact parents if their child is involved in making any inappropriate comments to their peers but I would also encourage parents to speak to their child about the importance of being kind and treating others the way in which they would like to be treated.

Thank you for your continued support and please do contact us with any questions or concerns; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com.

Take care

Miss Pinkney

Head of Year 7

Mrs Briggs

Assistant Head of Year 7