The term has started strongly with the children well rested and enjoying the company of their friends and teachers again. As ANZAC Day fell during the holidays, we decided to use the assemblies this week to highlight the importance of remembering the sacrifice made for us to enjoy the freedoms we do. On Friday, Class 5 recited the evocative poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lt Col John McCrae. This was performed with gravity and conviction. Following that we heard a tribute written in 1934 by President Kemal Ataturk (President of Turkey) who was a great soldier himself and successfully defended the Gallipoli Peninsula in the first world war. He had this message for the families of New Zealand and Australian soldiers who died in that terrible campaign.
‘Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Jonnies and the Mehmets to us. Where they lie side by side now here in this country of our…Your mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away the tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace after having lost their lives on this land. They have become our sons as well.’
ANZAC Day leads naturally to our first philosophy theme for this term in the P4C programme – Service and Sacrifice. On this subject, here is a message about service which expounds why it is such a good topic for philosophical discussion. This comes from one of the collections of stories we use for assemblies and Philosophy.
‘The concept of Service has all but been lost, especially since the majority of people link the word with the derivation from the Latin, servitium, meaning slavery. It doesn’t help that youngsters are brought up in a society which stresses individual rights, with little thought for responsibility. More appropriate to the theme in this book is the quotation from the Book of Common Prayer, which says ‘God…whose service is perfect freedom’. This carries with it a sense of an action of ‘serving, helping, or benefiting; conduct tending to the welfare or advantage of another’ as described in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. This is the premise upon which the stories have been written – that it is important to move out beyond seeing to one’s own needs to considering the needs of others. Implicit in this is the notion that in breaking out from the constraints of a ‘small world’ the individual does indeed move towards freedom. This, however, has to be thoroughly discussed so that children can have the opportunity to test it in practice – philosophy is little use if not practical!’
Stephanie Baudet & Paul Cleghorn
Class One Parents Evening – Tuesday 13th May – 6pm – 7.30pm – Classroom 1
Mrs Milne will be holding a Class One Parents Meeting next Tuesday 13th May in the classroom from 6pm – 7.30pm.
Class Two & Three & New Parents Lunch – Friday 23rd May – 12.30pm
A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Classes Two and Three and any new parents in the school will be held on Friday 23rd May in the school villa, from 12.30pm. A notice has been sent home with the children today. Please could you return the reply slip by Friday 16th May. Thank you.
Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email email@example.com or by phone 6233385. Thank you.
Assemblies on Friday
All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays. See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.
Uniform Shop – Open on Tuesdays
The School Uniform shop will be open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15.