Dear Parents and Carers,
We continued our theme of ‘learning from the animal kingdom’ in assemblies this week. The emphasis was on celebrating dogs, particularly their quality of loyalty.
The children told me that they believe dogs are special because they offer a unique type of love that is often referred to as unconditional. They understand that, if dogs are treated with care and respect, they love their owners just the way they are. Their friendship isn’t dependent on how clever, talented or successful the owner is; it is based on a mutual respect and affection for personal qualities such as kindness or patience.
The children were fascinated by the wide variety of working dogs in the community. We talked about how, after dogs have been trained, much of their ability to do their job is linked with the loyalty they feel towards their owners. A respectful dog will trust his or her owner and follow instructions without question. In return, the children talked about how the dog’s owner trusts the dog to do the job to the best of his or her ability.
The main discussion point and life lesson we took from these assemblies was that we all need friends who understand and accept us the way we are. Although other qualities in friendships are important, loyalty is what binds us together. The emotional intelligence in the children’s responses continues to impress and make us proud.
Fortunately, the children will have the opportunity to meet some working dogs in real life next Tuesday morning, as we will be hosting Northumbria Police dogs and their handlers for some special assemblies.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Mrs A Whistler
Dates for your diary for coming weeks:
|Tuesday 14th March 2017
|Wednesday 15th March 2017
|Thursday 16th March 2017
|Friday 17th March 2017
|Tuesday 21st March 2017
|Wednesday 22nd March
|Thursday 23rd March
|Friday 24th March
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