Years 5 and 6 find ways to express forgiveness in school-based retreats.
Playing out different scenarios and talking through key issues that arose from them helped Year 5 and Year 6 students to explore what it means to offer forgiveness. During half-day retreats with Milton Keynes Bridgebuilder Trust, students discussed why it takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger one to forgive.
Through role-play, they acted out scenarios about friends and siblings in conflict and, together, found ways to reconcile their differences, hopefully making those relationships closer in the process.
The students also spent some reflective time beyond the classroom doors. Little oases decorated with sparkly fairy lights and prayer mats beckoned them to sit quietly and think about things that were causing them worry. They posted ‘sorry notes’ on ‘sorry strings’ and held ‘forgiveness stones’ tight in their palms to represent the pain they felt when someone hurt them. By releasing the stone and seeing it wash away in water symbolised letting go of that hurt.
To finish, the girls wrote down something they wanted to let go off on the petals of a paper flower. After folding the flowers up, they put them in water and watched the petals slowly unfurl to reveal the words, again a symbol of release.