Friendship – how to get along with people!

This year in our weekly ELC Story Time, Prep-Year 2 Assembly and the Years 3-6 Assembly we have been talking about Friendship.  Friendship is a complex skill which requires lots of practice, time and energy to successfully communicate with all the people around us. 

School can be a lot of fun.  It’s great to learn new things and hang out with friends.  But school can also be hard – and not just because you have to learn fractions, work history, or how to play a C-sharp on the trumpet.  It’s hard because you need to work, play and spend all your time with other kids and adults. You have to get along with people! 

Have you heard about Betty and Beatrice? They have been visiting our Assemblies and are very keen to teach the students some really useful skills/tips for how to interact successfully with others.  Sometimes, Betty and Beatrice do not interact well and with a little help from the audience, they seem to sort it out!

It has been very exciting to see how the students have been embracing these useful skills.  Charlotte du Blêt has written an excellent synopsis about Friendship. It is beautifully written for someone only in Year 5 and really gets to the heart of the matter!

What is friendship?

Is it a special bond you may have with someone special? Or maybe the power to get along with whoever comes by? The meaning of friendship is nothing compared to what friendship really is, but I want to share with you my thoughts and feelings on this topic.

Being a friend means sticking to your partner through thick and thin. Being a true blue friend and being there for him or her whenever they need you, not whenever you can. Having the power to understand how they feel, what they need and when they need it. As well as being able to be there for your friend, you need to know when they want to be alone. Or play with different people, and learn to not be hurt by that.

Creating a bond with someone special takes time and trust, you need to be able to feel that you can open up to them about anything and make them feel the same. Signs that someone wants to be your friend could be as simple as saving a seat for you, inviting you to a party or playing with you at lunch. You can help by doing these things in return.

To keep a friendship going you must be committed. If you only show to play or help when you feel like it, this is called being a fair-weathered friend. It’s like you and that person are on a pair of scales and if you don’t have enough weight (or in this case commitment) the scales will become unbalanced.

Overall, friendship is the special bond you may have with one or many people. It is one-of-a-kind and no one can take it away from you.

by Charlotte du Blêt, Year 5B

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