On Friday morning, our Grade 2 class ran assembly. For those not familiar with the St. Clement’s community, our Grades 1-12 meet twice a week to start our day. Each Grade in the Junior School runs the assembly once during the year. This year, our Grade 2s presented the book Each Kindness by Jaqueline Woodson, a story about how important even the smallest acts of kindness are to making the world a better place. Our Clementines did a wonderful job of sharing the story and their reflections about friendship with all of us.
At the end of the day, I stayed to enjoy our School play, Freckleface Strawberry- The Musical. Interestingly, one of our alumnae Francesca McGrory, starred in this play in New York City several years ago.
The story line focuses on the benefits of everyone’s being different and possessing talents of their own- and the importance of welcoming others and their differences. It was a fun-filled, energetic and entertaining show.
In a small community of girls of all ages, there are inevitably ups and downs when it comes to friendships and relationships, and our School works with our girls as they grow and learn to foster compassion and resilience such that they enjoy healthy, supportive relationships.
What was most pleasing about yesterday was that not only did the day start and finish with important messages regarding friendship, it was delivered by students from both ends of the grade spectrum: Grade 2s and our senior girls. It seems that important messages are being heard and delivered from start to finish.