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School Education is back in Lockdown

Updated: Jan 9, 2021

I have two girls who both go to secondary school. Today the girls' school started remotely with their new head master's assembly which was incredible and very powerful. I feel so lucky to be able to send girls to their school which can influence not only the children but also their parents too. I would like to share a little bit of his speech. I think that this message is helpful for all of us, children and parents, in facing this pandemic.


First powerful message was "To look out for one another, to look after one another." "To be kind to yourself, to be kind to others."

He said:

'A very simple tip for this is to focus and think about random acts of kindness that could cheer someone up, that can make someone feel better and improve their day. This can simply be reaching out and connecting with someone who you haven’t spoken to for a while, paying someone a compliment or saying something kind to someone who might be a bit shy or feeling anxious at this time. Showing someone that you are thinking of them that you care for them. This can make a huge difference, it could transform somebody’s day and make them feel better and brighter. It creates and generates happiness, it spreads kindness and develops our sense of community. It is at times like this when things feel uncertain when the world seems to be changing in strange and unpredictable ways that renewing our commitment to the simple values community, togetherness of kindness and compassion, it is very very powerful indeed.


Another core value that I think is going to be very important to us all at the moment is RESILIENCE. I suppose in many ways, this is the harder or tougher character attribute.

Resilience is the ability to overcome challenges, to adapt to new and different circumstances or to recover from setbacks. It is the psychology of getting through challenging or pressurised times. By focussing on the important work at hand. By prioritising , by simply writing a to-do list, by taking things lesson by lesson and day by day. Not looking too far ahead. This is a very important way for us to operate in times like this. A resilient mind set allows you to zoom in and focus in on the moment. On the ‘right now’, on very short term manageable goals and manageable, achievable targets. By narrowing you perspective like this you can begins to restore a sense of control and order when times are uncertain and challenging....

We must use our voice and use our skill and recognise our own power and ability to make positive changes and make a positive impact on the world around us....

That power to make a positive change in those around us is incredibly important to keep hold of. When things get tough and things get uncertain, it is easy to feel powerless and we therefore narrow our vision and our focus on the daily things that we can achieve. That is undoubtably important but so too is that broader sense of positive change to make a change in the world. Of inspiration of ideas that making a difference and of giving something back.



So my challenge to you all at the start of this term is this: to spread kindness, to strengthen our sense of community, to reach out to others to bring us all closer together to look up and to look outwards, to look to the future with a sense of hope, confidence and a positive impact that each and very one of you can make in the world around you.'


Hope many of us will agree and try our best to join in for actions.

二人の娘達の学校が始まりました。イギリスは年明けから完全ロックダウンで学校も自宅学習です。幸いテクノロジーのおかげで、授業は日課表通り行われ、先生方も自宅からライブで授業をしてくれるので、子供達が家にいる間も飽きてしまうこともなく、ケアも行き届いていて本当にありがたいです。二学期の始業式はあたらしく就任した校長先生の素晴らしいスピーチで始まりました。力強いメッセージのこもった校長先生のスピーチは、生徒だけでなく親である私たちにもとても心に響くものであったので一部を紹介させていただきます。


一番重要なメッセージは”自他ともに心配りを忘れず、お互いを気遣うことができるように。まずは自分に優しく、そして他人にも親切心を持って接すること”

これを実践するための簡単な方法は、親切心を持つこと、誰かを助けたり、元気づけたり、誰かの1日が少しでも明るい日になるための努力をするなどです。しばらく連絡をとっていない友に連絡をとったり、誰かを褒め称えたり、心配している人を勇気付けたり身の回りにできることを見つけましょう。このささやかな親切の行動が大きな幸福につながり、孤独感を持つ人が減る事は素晴らしい事です。そのために私たち一人一人ができることがあります。情熱を持って親切な行動を心がけることはとても貴重なことです。


そしてもう一つ重要なメッセージ。とても効果的で大切な行動は、RESILISNCE(直訳は精神的回復力という意味ですが、具体的には前向きに問題に立ち向かう姿勢を持つこと)です。これは実行に移し継続することは簡単ではないかもしれませんが、リジリエンスを心がけることで、大きな挑戦に立ち向かうことができるようになり、今までに経験のないような重圧感ある難しい環境に順応していくための鍵となるでしょう。重要な仕事に集中すること、優先順位に気を配ること、簡単な、なすべきことのリストを作ること、今日すべきこと学ぶことに集中すること、先のことを考えすぎないこと、これらは、現在のパンデミックのような状態の際にとても重要なことです。前向きな精神を持つことは、過去を悔やんだり未来に不安を覚えたりすることなく、現在に集中することを助けてくれます。そして目の前の目的をコツコツとこなすことで、大きな難題を乗り越える術となることも確かです。不安や不満が湧き出てきてしまうのも仕方のない現状ではありますが、だからこそ、自らに自信を持って、できることを毎日無理せず少しづつ実践し、自らもそして私たちを取り巻く環境にも前向きに向き合うことで新たな発見につなげていって欲しいと思います。


これらを踏まえて、今学期のスタートを迎えるにあたり、親切の輪を広げていくこと、互いに思い合い支え合うことでコミュニティーの団結を深めコミュニティーの輪を広げていくこと、そして互いに支えつつ未来を見つめることで、常に希望と自信を持ち、そして前向きな姿勢で進んでいきましょう。。。


皆さんの新年のスタートも希望と自信に満ちた前向きなものでありますように!

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