This year’s Speech Day message was based around the interpretation of the Jar of Life. The Jar of Life was introduced in our very first assembly this term using a story about a wise teacher who kept filling a jar with various items although it already looked full—rocks, marbles, sand, water and salt. All the children and teachers were challenged to interpret the meaning of the story shared and the message it gave them during follow-up class time.
This theme was re-introduced in our Speech Day by Ms Kioko and the meaning of the story was related to the BNIS values and ethos.
The coloured balls in the jar represent our school values of Readiness, Respect and Safety. The values that we have been focusing on in this term.
The coloured marbles are the children, parents, teachers and staff that make up BNIS. The marbles are of different colours and shapes illustrating our diversity and internationalism.
The sand is everything else, the small stuff, the every-day things that make us tick.
The salt brings about healing, although it hurts to experience this there is a positive outcome of it’s use.
Finally, the Spritz adds that sense of fun and humour in the school—something we value as a basic necessity to motivate learning.