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Mrs Ashton's Thought for the Term: Respect

Posted on: 24/03/2023

"We should all consider each other as human beings,

and we should respect each other.” 

Malala Yousafzai 


Respect might be a simple word, but its impact is immeasurable. It is the cornerstone of every relationship, but it is something we must actively practice. We need to build the habit so that respect is active in our community and not taken for granted.

When we respect someone, we treat them with kindness and consideration. We listen to their opinions and value their input. We understand that every person has their own unique perspective and experiences, and we strive to learn from them.

Respect is not just about how we treat others, but also about how we treat ourselves. When we respect ourselves, we set boundaries and prioritise our well-being. We make choices that align with our values and beliefs, and we hold ourselves accountable for our actions.

Without respect, we can begin to see a breakdown of trust and communication, leading to conflict and division. We see people talking over each other, disregarding opposing viewpoints and showing a lack of tolerance.

On the other hand, when we prioritise respect, we see a world of collaboration and understanding. At school, we see this everywhere: we see it in the myriad of disciplined dancers at this week’s dance show; the impressive mock trial group from last weekend’s competitions and in our many hard-working sporting teams.

Respect can be seen in the smallest of gestures: the opening of a door; a smile and ‘thank you’ at the end of the lesson; listening carefully when someone is talking. They may be small things, but they are an invaluable part of our culture.

So let us strive to cultivate respect in all areas of our lives. Let us remember that respect is not just a courtesy, but a fundamental right that we should all experience and exhibit.

Mrs Ashton
RET Associate Director of Education
Assistant Headteacher
Didcot Girls School


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