February – Love

Dear parents/carers,

As part of our Values Based Education initiative, during the month of February we shall be studying the value of Love. Please take a few minutes to visit the school website (www.oldparkprimary.com) and look at the assembly with your child. We hope that you will be able to use the assembly as a starting point to help you to engage with your child and support their learning in school.

There is an ‘Our Values’ section on the website, under the ‘Our School’ heading where you can access all of the values assemblies and newsletters should you wish to revisit any of the themes
What value do you value most? In recent assemblies, we have discussed that the best answer to this question is love. That raises some important questions. Is love a value? Does love belong with other things considered values such as honesty, loyalty, tolerance, determination, patience, confidence etc.? Were the ancient scholars of wisdom correct when they held love to be the highest quality of all qualities?
Teaching and learning is grounded in love, by which we mean the capacity to extend ourselves for the sake of another person’s growth. Our work in school stretches us to understand, respect and support each other; teaching us why learning to love is one of the most demanding disciplines we can choose.
As we continue our journey in Values Based School teaching, it is appropriate that we pause for a moment to reflect on the impact of what being a Values Based School has meant for us.
Every month, since September 2017 we have explored and deepened our understanding of the core values we chose to focus on in our school:
Equality, courage, hope, consideration, love, compassion, respect, kindness, responsibility, friendship, peace.
Whilst we take great pride in our academic achievements, it is our celebration and focus on these values that underpins the emotional intelligence that is so often demonstrated by our children and will be pivotal in their success in later life. By success, I mean that they live fulfilling lives.
Why love? Rightly understood, love is the value that underpins our most noble human values. Love activates, empowers and encourages the growth of our other core values.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr Christopher Seale
Senior Leader in SMSC and Values