“The convulsions here were deeply felt and we had an emotional few days without school as looting, burning and fighting were the order of the day in central Santiago and other cities. Police were overwhelmed. Nothing like my years in Northern Ireland ‘midst shooting and bombing, but very unnerving. No supermarkets, small shops burnt out and an air of chaos and doom prevailed. The transport system collapsed entirely.
In the following week we had two days with staff to engage in circle times and reflect upon our own emotional responses to the great uncertainty and stress caused by the disruption, curfew and army on the streets. In Chile this stirred deep emotional memories.
Then we welcomed children back and circle times were had at all levels to enable PK to 4th Media pupils to express their feelings and recount experiences. Thank you so much for giving us this methodology, without which people would have been so, so lost. Smiles and laughter were engendered in the groups.” Freddie Russell-King, Chair, Education Committee, Association of British Schools in Chile.Interestingly, I too worked with schools in Northern Ireland and wrote resources to help Heads and teachers there. So, I was thinking how I could help when schools re-start after the break and we are working hard to produce online resources. I know at the moment this feels like it’s a long way off but doing something positive to help us to be more being prepared for that day might just bring us some peace of mind now. So do watch this space! Do also join us on Facebook – we have shared some lovely online resources including virtual gallery tours, virtual field trips and free downloadable resources for children. With love, Jenny Website Editor’s Notes
- Jenny will be writing half a term circle time plans for when the schools start back up and are working hard to get our training online.