From Our Principal
Over the last school year, students and teachers focused on the Peaceful School Initiative and having our students become peacemakers. The faculty and I have guided students to see that they are an important part of what makes Sacred Heart School a safe and caring place. Surrounding all of our discussions and activities was our awareness that Jesus IS PRESENT in all of our conversations and actions.
The theme that followed through all grades was the idea that we all need to feel safe and be able to trust that at least one person is always there for us – someone we can count on. Students discussed the importance of being aware of and caring how others feel – like when they are left out or when they played badly in a game and are upset with themselves. They discussed the importance of being supportive of one another and that they are trying to be aware of their classmates who each bring different gifts and talents to the group.
As students began thinking about their interactions with one another, they started to realize the power of their words. Our older students focused on cyberbullying, and discussed ways to reduce or combat it. A wise realization was that they SHOULD NEVER use social media to make negative or hurtful comments. The other astute idea was that they should block anyone who is making negative comments. This way they can’t be influenced or hurt by the words.
Our younger grades discussed how important it was to think about what we want to say before we say it. Our Fifth Graders talked about the challenge of peer pressure and the desire to want to go along with what everyone else says or does. As a group they have decided that they need to pray for courage – the courage to be calm and peaceful – the courage to stand up for the person standing alone – the courage to believe in themselves. Very astute thinking from our ten year olds!
We have been trying to guide students to think about these issues. When they are first confronted by a hurtful comment they often don’t know how to react – they only know that their feelings have been hurt. Our goal – and with your wonderful support – is to guide students to strive to live as Jesus needs us to live. So our students are making an effort to see each family member, each classmate, friends and neighbors to see the way Jesus sees and that is always with love and kindness.
Allow this to be your charge this summer: to assist your children as they continue to be peacemakers – in the family room, at the dinner table, at the pool or on the beach.