Our value of the month at METNS is Positive Relationships. We focus on the key relationships in our lives and on ways to make our relationships with others more positive.

What are Positive Relationships? We use insights to explore this value from the ‘Weaving Well-being’ Programme we are piloting in our school this year.

Our relationships are very important.  The support we give each other can help us to become happier, healthier, and more successful.  We should aim to create positive relationships with others whenever possible.  This programme provides eight possible steps to do this:

  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Look for Win-Wins
  • Active Listening
  • Try to forgive
  • Interest in Others
  • No snap Judgements
  • Give, give, give

A value is a principle that guides your thinking and behaviour.  How does a focus on Positive Relationships do this? We need to remind ourselves that our relationships with those close to us can really enrich our lives. At METNS, we value diversity and inclusion and we believe that no child should be an outsider. We invest in our relationships and build bonds to connect us as a community.  We need to remember, however, that creating positive relationships isn’t always easy and takes time, effort and patience.  We may get frustrated and annoyed at times, but, like anything, the more effort we put in, the more positive our relationships can become.

In this month, when we also celebrate Valentine’s Day and Friendship Week, make it your goal to focus on one of the eight steps above to enhance your relationships.

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