Posted: 11th February 2019

The Form 1 team, with the expert guidance of Mrs Matthews and Mrs Davies, taught us all about sharing and caring in their assembly this week. Their story was about all of the colours in the world being sucked up by Robo the grumpy robot (played brilliantly by Chiara) with his huge colour-eating machine. Almost everyone on Earth was ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS about it. They shouted a lot about what they thought should be done, finally deciding the only way to deal with the robot was to ‘smash him, and bash him, and blow him up’.

One lone voice spoke out above the anger and fear and hate, and quietened the voices. A girl called Charlie (well done, Emma!) suggested a completely different approach: gently sing the robot to sleep, then press the button on the machine to reverse the process and release the colours back into the world. And this is exactly what they did. When the robot woke up, he was ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS too – but Charlie cut his shouting short, and told him not to be so rude. She was trying to be kind, but was also (quite rightly) not going to be bullied, or threatened. She stood her ground, and proposed that everyone share the colours. And this is exactly what happened.

Sometimes it can be all too easy to get angry and shout loudly about things that we don’t like, or things that worry or scare us. It is important to stand up for what we believe in, but we should also remember to stop, think and try to find a way forward together. For me this is a fundamental part of children’s personal development. Growing into well-rounded, confident and courteous individuals, who have a sense of self-worth and self-respect; developing a sound set of core values; knowing how to respectfully challenge. These are all attributes that we continually foster in the girls at Stormont.

I wonder if you, like me, look at the world today and wish that more people would do the same as Charlie?