Our students have just finished working with a local group of artists in the first phase of (literally) leaving their mark at Keeler School. Every student has been reflecting on their part in utilizing our Circle of Courage in their life at school or at home. Students not only had the opportunity to throw their own clay bowl and a pottery wheel, but they also designed their own piece of a large representation of the Circle of Courage that will be put up and live on at Keeler, hopefully long after they have moved on to later grades.
Stephen Hurley wrote about how his child’s school took this work a step further, where they not only examined the major concepts around the vision of enabling students to “Believe,” but every student and staff member also left their fingerprint embedded in the work itself.
I love the idea that students live and work and learn in the building and they need to be able to see the past, present, and future of a school as a part of building and developing not only individuals but also a community.
Stephen described our roles so well:
As adults in the lives of our children—as teachers, administrators, parents and community members—we become the stuff that holds those spaces open for learning. When we’re at our best, we are cognizant of the importance of allowing our children’s voices to be strong and colourful. We are willing to admit that our hands are those of an artist, sometimes sculpting and molding but, most often, working to ensure that our students’ natural attributes are fully revealed. We are never starting from nothing!
Keeler Students will be leaving their marks behind them as they move forward, and setting the stage that we can all be artists and creators, are powerful and are learning all the time. Our parents have supported this work, our teachers have been challenged to work with their students to delve deep into the concepts of Belonging, Generosity, Independence and Mastery, and to really examine and reflect on how we live these concepts each and every day…
We will continue to enable “our children’s voices to be STRONG and COLOURFUL!”
Work hard, learn tons! (Thanks for the inspiration Stephen!)