New year, new school value: responsibility
A lot has changed since this time last year when we launched our three school values: respect, resilience and readiness.
These values encapsulate the ethos of our school community and were embedded in Junior King’s life last year through focused assemblies, PSHE teaching and encouragement to put the values into practice in lessons. When the lockdown was announced and our schooling went digital, our teachers were impressed to see pupils reacting to circumstances with resilience and adapting to the changes to their learning readily and respectfully. Embodying our values across the world in lockdown, our pupils showed that Junior King’s is more than a location where children come to learn, it is a community that is brought together through its shared ethos.
Having pupils back on the Junior King’s site yesterday for the new school year was a joy. A lot is very new, with safety precautions such as one-way systems, staggered lunchtimes and separate play areas in place to allow children to go about their day in year group “bubbles”. Another new aspect to school life introduced this year is an important and timely addition to our existing values: “responsibility”. We will be exploring this concept, while reinforcing our existing values, throughout the term, with the emphasis on working together to protect each other. There is no better time to learn this life skill and the Junior King’s community is sure to rise to the occasion as always.
As Mrs Károlyi said in her start of term assembly, which was streamed into classrooms on Wednesday morning: ‘keep safe, be kind, be responsible and always think of others’.