It has been wonderful to be back and it has been a blessing to have the sun shine on us! The children have settled back in incredibly well and I am very grateful to the staff for their continuing hard work as the roadmap out of lockdown gradually eases.
I started this week’s assembly by asking the children how easy they find it to part with their money( or yours!)...I asked them the following two questions:
- Did they find it easy when they are buying clothes or objects?
- Did they find it easy to give to charity?
We then considered the following questions:
- Are there any benefits to giving?
- Can giving be good for us?
- Does giving make us happy?
A verse in the Bible says, ‘The generous will themselves be blessed.’
This suggests that as we give, we also receive. We might give our time, money or love, but in doing so, we will gain something back. Perhaps we simply love and accept someone; perhaps we give the gift of a smile, a hug or an acknowledgement that another person matters. In doing so, we may gain the satisfaction of knowing that we have helped and made a difference. We have shown that kindness, love and generosity are the key values to display on a daily basis. As Gandhi once said, we can ‘be the change [we] want to see in the world’ through our small acts of generosity.
It is sometimes good to think about the people we encounter every day who give to us without complaint or objection - and then to think about the people we encounter every day to whom we could give more?
A final quotation I shared with the children comes from Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-American poet who was born in Lebanon towards the end of the nineteenth century. He said, ‘You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.’
Finally, our Marketing team has been working hard on a couple of new initiatives in the last few weeks. One of these is our FelsTED Talks podcast series, which launched with the interview that Mr Towsend did with Eddie Hearn this week. Many thanks to Eddie for bringing his podcasting experience to guide Mr Townsend through, and also for his really important life lessons, and an update about Joshua v Fury for the boxing fans. Please do look out for this on Spotify and Apple podcasts, and sign up to follow all of our podcasts - we will be releasing a new one each week, and have a great and varied set of guests taking part.
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make the start of term such a good one!