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The power of yes

This week we focused on the importance of saying ‘yes’. Without saying ‘yes’ to each other, we would not have been able to successfully break free from the corner of the room to the door without stepping on the floor. Just look at that teamwork!

We also learned that a story about finding a fiver in your car could lead to a robot revolution.

And we decided that sometimes saying ‘yes, but’ can be just as useful as saying ‘yes, and’, because it helps ideas to build and become as powerful as they can be. But if you were only ever to say ‘no’, you wouldn’t ever get anywhere. And considering that our pupils wanted to go live in the worlds of Futurama, Harry Potter, Gotham City, and the world of the spirits, it’s a good thing they learned when to say ‘no’ and when to say ‘yes’.


Fun, friendship, affirmation, honesty…

Our brave Yr 7s from John Roan demonstrated their excellent listening and supportive skills when we discussed what we need from each other in order for us to be able to work at our best.

There were some very articulate and clear reasons given for why we need the things we need. And between them, the pupils agreed that respecting someone means treating them the way you would like to be treated yourself; that it is perfectly possible to respect someone you don’t like; that you ┬áneed honesty in order to be able to build trust; and that you can’t really achieve what you want to achieve unless you are helping everyone else in the group to work at their best, which is why you need kindness, friendship, affirmation, positivity and co-operation, at the very least.

(above picture: the washing line of needs)

What have you done today to make yourself feel proud?

The answers came thick and fast from the Yr 7 pupils we’ve been working with at John Roan on Friday morning:

“I’m really proud of working together with people I don’t know very well yet”

“I made friends with people I had never met before today”

“I won the game!”

“We worked together to make statues of a rollercoaster and a cable car”

“I had lots of fun”

(above picture: a cable car as imagined by the students)

Apart from working together to make rollercoasters, cable cars, statues of Egyptians and Rocky Balboa, the pupils also decided that the Olympics would have been even better if their suggestions for Olympic sports had been taken up. Among the sports the pupils would like to win gold medals in are: sleeping the longest, staying awake the longest and eating the most chocolate. We can only hope the International Olympic Committee is paying attention.