Years 3 and 4 explore the themes of forgiveness and reconciliation.
During half-day reflective retreats, students have been talking about how hard it can sometimes be to let go and offer forgiveness to someone.
Through a succession of interactive activities with Milton Keynes Bridgebuilder Trust, they learnt how to deal with difficult situations in a positive way. In pairs and trios, the girls acted out different scenarios to do with bullying and dishonesty and discussed ways in which they could make peace offerings and right the wrongs amicably.
Sometimes, they found out, they have to accept that some people never say sorry and it’s best to walk away and let go instead of reconciling a relationship.
In a craft session, they cut out flowers and on the petals wrote something they wanted to let go off or someone to whom they wanted to say sorry. After they had folded the flowers up, they placed them in water and watched the petals unfold to symbolise the letting-go process.
In another exercise to help them discard negative emotions, the girls had time to reflect in quiet prayers spaces. One by one, they wrote down things they wanted to let go and placed their notes in a basket or on a peg. Similarly, they were invited to hold a ‘forgiveness stone’ tight, put it in water, and watch the liquid run over it – a symbol of forgiveness, of bad thoughts being washed away.