Nov 04

Dear Sibylla Kiddle School Families,

What comes to mind when you take a moment to remember? Is it the memory of a particular food made by a loved one when you were a child? Is it a well-loved vacation spot where you got to laugh and play? Is it a song that you have a strong connection with? Our minds are filled with memories, connected to a spectrum of emotional reactions that we hold onto for various reasons.

As I reflect on Remembrance Day, I am struck by the challenges we face, as humans, in remembering things that we shouldn’t forget but that are hard to remember because we may not have directly experienced the event. We are left with artifacts to hold, stories to read and accounts to listen to. I can wear a poppy. I can read a book written by a prisoner of war. I can visit a museum. I can connect with refugees in my community. So why do we do take time to remember something we don’t have a memory of? How do we teach our children to remember an event they may not have a direct connection to?

Unpacking the answers to these questions is a highly personal process that could easily fill the pages of books. When thinking of children, remembering the events of the past can foster a growth mindset. It is a reminder that things can go wrong but we can also learn to do better. Remembering the past allows us to grabble with complex emotions such as empathy, belonging, sadness and confusion. Remembering the past allows us to ask questions, to seek understanding and to learn. How will you help your child to remember this Remembrance Day?

Brad Emery


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