I have just begun a program with some Yr 3 boys called Operation Boy Code which is a social development program around masculinity and what that means. This week we are studying King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Their code of conduct and character traits were to be Brave, Loyal, Dignity and Honour.
We discuss these traits which are very like our School Values and hold up the Knights as being good role models. The Knights bore shields and standards to differentiate them in their armour so they could be identified in the arenas.
The boys then make their own Shield which reflects their personality and character.
You can see from the photo that I have made my own shield to show the boys. Each colour and symbol represents something.
For instance on my shield I have the colour Gold/Yellow, which represents wisdom, joy and happiness. The silver colour has the meaning of Peace and Serenity and the Green colour represents Hope, Joy and Love. The bear symbolises protection of family and friends; the snake means Wisdom and the tree represents New Life and Personal Growth. I am very excited to see how the boy's shields turn out.
This program allows the boys to discover who they are becoming and it promotes friendship and communication skills which help increase their self-esteem. I will put a few photos up in the next newsletter of some of the shields the students have made.
I am also running this part of the program with the Year 7 Girls in our Superchicks lunchtime group. The other lunchtime program I run with Jacky (OHSC) and Belinda (a Mum) is a Sewing group and the children are loving making cushions and teddies and learning a new skill which is self-esteem building and promotes friendship.
I hope you are having a great week. Rug up – it’s getting colder.