Pride is an emotional term with more than one meaning. Pride can be an extremely positive thing but we shy away from it because of the negative connotations to do with personal value, status or accomplishments. However, with a positive connotation, pride refers to a humble and content sense of attachment towards one’s own or another’s choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of a fulfilled feeling of belonging. So, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that it is absolutely right to be proud of certain things.
This morning was a great example. We hosted around 80 grandparents in school for our annual Grandparents Morning. It was a joy to see the evident pride the grandparents had in their grandchildren and how much they enjoyed seeing their school, but also to see the obvious excitement of the children who really took great pride in showing their school off to their grandparents. It’s one of those days that comes around each year before you notice it but it serves a great purpose in uniting our community and the generations young and old.
It would be so easy to get caught up in the business, and busy-ness, of everyday life and forget to make time for these moments but, in my mind, taking pride in our achievements and in our school is hugely beneficial to all and well worth the time we spend doing it.
John F Gilmour