One of the many challenges of parenting is how to combine our wish that our children are well looked after in so many ways, yet at the same time ensure that they do not grow up taking anything for granted. Many parents talk to me about how they want to provide their children with the very best start in life – be it in their education, lifestyle or health – but simultaneously worry that in providing this so generously, that their children may become a touch spoilt!
To that end, our assembly theme will focus on the importance of ‘being thankful’. To coin a potentially corny catchphrase, we want to encourage our children to develop “an attitude of gratitude”. On the whole, our children are very good at being polite and will readily say “thank you” for what they receive. However, this does not necessarily mean that they are grateful for those things in their life that most deserve their gratitude! Whether it is appreciating good food on the table, living in a warm house, being part of a loving family, receiving a first-class education or enjoying close friendships in a caring community, we want to encourage them to reflect on their good fortune in life and take a moment to ‘smell the roses’.
With gratitude in mind, I would like to personally thank you for your support with a whole number of events over the last few weeks. Whether it was attending our informal music concert, where we had over 30 different acts during the course of the evening, cutting out labels as part of FairTrade fortnight or coming in to read to the children to help our celebrations of World Book Day, I value enormously the time and effort that you invest into the school community. I look forward to seeing many of you at the variety of events – sporting, dramatic and literary – where there will be many more opportunities for our children to shine.