Learning to Accept Difference

Staff at Craigburn look for opportunities to promote and strengthen our understanding of our school values and where all members of our community are encouraged to achieve their personal best. Our six school values are:

  • Self Worth – To value yourself as a person.
  • Caring – To show care towards others and the environment.
  • Responsibility – To take charge of your words and actions
  • Respect -To show regard for others. Be honest, fair and considerate.
  • Optimism – To be the best and see the best in all things.
  • Resilience – To bounce back when things get tough.

We look for opportunities to discuss and unpack what these values mean and how they might look within our community on a daily basis. When we combine the values of Care and Respect we can explore specific behaviours and actions that we want to encourage and promote in our community – for example, ‘Learning to Accept Difference.’

Below is an extract from the KidsMatter website which explores this concept. (KidsMatter is an Australian initiative to assist schools and families in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people). We hope you find this extract useful.

Below is an extract from the KidsMatter website which explores this concept. (KidsMatter is an Australian initiative to assist schools and families in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people). We hope you find this extract useful.

All children benefit from having positive friendships and feeling a sense of belonging. To feel included and a part of something also helps develop their confidence and sense of identity. These positive experiences are especially important for children with additional needs or a disability.
In Australia, 89 per cent of school-aged children with a disability attend a mainstream school. Having additional needs or a disability refers to a wide range of conditions that in some way limit a person’s ability to manage everyday living. Some disabilities are visible, but some you can’t see.

Having additional needs or a disability may place limits on some of the things that children can do. This might mean they need support to participate in activities that their classmates enjoy.

Children begin to notice ways they are the same or different from a young age. Parents’ attitudes and opinions are huge contributors to whether these opinions are positive or negative. Talking to your child about difference can be tricky, but there are a number of ways you can help your child understand and accept differences in others, such as: 

  • helping your kids to be accepting of all children, including those with disabilities and include children of different abilities in their play 
  • being an advocate for disability – make sure others understand the need to include and value people with disabilities
  • making sure that you demonstrate inclusive behaviour towards people with disabilities.

Children come from an endless range of different families, backgrounds, cultures and religions. They also have a variety of interests, learning styles and abilities. Despite all of these differences, everyone should feel included and welcome within their school community. 

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