On Wednesday evening, 20 March, 200 parents, children, and siblings connected to the Barker Junior School gathered to learn about the Language of Friendship. Dana Kerford from UR Strong engaged learners of all ages providing them with the tools, language, and strategies to fight friendship fires head on.
Through the evening, children were equipped to become “friendship ninjas” learning what’s normal in a friendship and how to be confident, deliberate, and respectful on occasions when others might be mean on purpose towards them.
The highly interactive session had children dancing, parents laughing and everyone reflecting on how their own relationships might benefit from some of the practices offered by Dana.
A particularly helpful component of the evening was when we learned about and had to recite the four facts about what’s normal in a friendship:
1. No friendship (or relationship) is perfect
2. Every friendship is different
3. Trust and respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship
4. Friendships change... and that’s ok
At Barker we recognise that friendship is a process and even a skill that must be learned by our students. Right through the school we are seeking to equip students to navigate their friendship journeys so that they may learn to be able to rely on their friends, and also to be the friends that others can rely on.