There is a chaos theory that states that if enough butterflies beat their wings at the same time in the Amazonian rainforests, the force created, would be great enough to trigger a hurricane thousands of miles away.
I am often reminded of this at Hastings where it can be the smallest of things that make the biggest difference. Today, everybody has been encouraged to wear something yellow to raise awareness of mental health. It is a small thing, but collectively sends an important message, that we all have a part to play in looking out for each other and making sure that we take time to care for ourselves. The school council have prepared resources which highlight what we do at Hastings to support mental health and how we can all help. Their presentation focused on the point that, ‘Understanding is the key to a more supportive and positive society’. Hopefully, our Hastings family will all take some time today to reflect on this message.
Each half-term we hold our own Butterfly meetings whereby staff and pupils are invited to beat their wings by sharing their own ideas on how to improve our school. So far we have had ideas ranging from a ‘Green Day’ to focus on climate change, more benches on the field, a Hastings House system, use of key stage 4 intervention time to a new toilet block, a PTA, a 6th Form and a later start to the school day! All of the ideas raised will be carefully considered and some will make it onto our school development plan. The meetings are a great reminder that we can all make a difference.
It’s been a great start to the year and we look forward to welcoming our pupils and staff back after a well-deserved break. We wish everyone a happy half-term.