November 3 2016

Principal’s Message November 2, 2016

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.—1 John 3:17-18

Empathy is defined as “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions: the ability to share someone else’s feelings” by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Something that does not come easy for children. Young children tend to be more self-oriented and has difficulty seeing things from a different point-of-view. I am sure parents have had, at some point, conversations with an upset child where no amount of logical reasoning can help them see the situation beyond how they perceive it (especially if they want something). This is all normal and part of their development.

NIS wants to help our children develop holistically, which includes social development. We want our students to be thoughtful of others and how they feel, which develops empathy and kindness. One of the ways we do this is to help students see what is happening around the world. God calls all of us to take care of the needy and the poor. The Year 5/6 class started their Service Programme last year where they went to volunteer at Crossroads packaging items to be delivered to those who need it. They also spent time at China Coast Community playing games, chatting and reading with the seniors living there.

This year, NIS is participating in the Box of Hope. This is a charity project aimed at providing useful/educational gifts to underprivileged children in Hong Kong and Asia. Many students have already brought in a shoebox to share with these children this Christmas. Our last day of collection is supposed to be today, but the organisation has arranged for pick-up on November 14 so we will extend the collection date until November 13. If your child would like to submit more than one box, extra labels can be found at the school office. Please take this opportunity to talk to your children about empathy and kindness.

For an interesting read, you can see a new survey conducted by the educational non-profit behind Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop. There is also a video that you can watch with your child to teach them about empathy.