Pause 4 Thought

31 January 2020

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein

I plan my assemblies well in advance – but this Monday my best laid plans went seriously awry. I wanted to focus on how we can say ‘thank you’ to other people and show them our gratitude. By way of a quick warm up, I thought it would be fun to hear from the children a few languages in which they could say ‘thank you’. This proved wildly popular, with the students naming the language and coming up to the front of the Hall to demonstrate. It turned into something of a challenge for us to extract every last language that we could, and eventually (and some 15 minutes later) we had 33 girls and 5 staff standing in a long line. Between them they shared 41 languages in which they could say ‘thank you’. 41 – quite a total!

So, we heard ‘thank yous’ in Finnish and Greek, in Telagu and Japanese, in Gaelic and Rumanian – and even in British Sign Language. Between them, they demonstrated so admirably the universality of thanks – of how saying ‘thank you’ creates a sense of belonging. Of how ‘thank you’ should be the first phrase we learn when visiting a new country.

A huge ‘thank you’ to all the girls who contributed (and to those who wanted to but weren’t chosen) – maybe not a world record but a fascinating insight into the international connections we have across our community.

The rest of the material for my assembly wasn’t needed…..

Have a good weekend.

Mrs D-C