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☰ The Forest Park Family

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The Forest Park Family

Posted on March 27 2018

This week we were visited by a Bellevue team to conduct a learning review at Forest Park. We were extremely happy with their findings and feedback regarding how well the children develop in our learning environment and also how much the School has progressed since the last review in 2017.

One lovely comment made by the Headteacher leading the review, was just how much Forest Park felt like a family. It is a phrase banded around by many schools, but one that emanates throughout everyone involved at the school; from governors, to staff, to parents to pupils. We are one big happy family and I feel it is a contributing factor to just how well the children grow at our School.

There are many factors which contribute to making strong family relationships, but I have highlighted a few that I feel Forest Park promote most prominently:

Nurture - At Forest Park we learn values, skills and behaviour. Strong families manage and control their nurturing experiences. Parents establish a pattern of progression and strive to move forward. They guide their children into the world outside the home. They do not let social forces rule their family life, but set foundations for respect and growth. Strong families teach by example and learn through experience as they explain and execute their values.

Loyalty - At Forest Park we have a sense of loyalty and devotion toward all of our family members. The family sticks together. They stand by each other during times of challenge. Loyalty builds through want and good fortune, failure and success, and all the things the family faces. The family is a place of shelter for individual care. In times of personal success or defeat, the family becomes a cheering section or a mourning bench. They also learn a sense of give and take in the family, which helps prepare them for the necessary negotiations in other future relationships.

Love - Love is at the heart of the Forest Park family. All of us have the need to love and to be loved; the family is normally the place where love is expressed. Love is the close personal blending of physical and mental togetherness. It includes privacy, sharing, belonging, and caring. The atmosphere of real love is one of honesty, understanding, patience, and forgiveness. Such love does not happen automatically; it requires constant daily effort by each family member. Loving families share activities and express a great deal of gratitude for one another. Love takes time, affection, and a positive outlook on life.

Happiness - Laughter is the best family medicine. Forest Park promotes happiness in abundance as through laughter we learn to see ourselves honestly and objectively. Building a strong family is serious business, but if taken too seriously, family life can become very tense. Happiness balances our efforts and gives us a realistic view of life. Laughing together is the glue that bonds a family. Families that learn to be happy can release tensions, gain a clearer view and build lasting relationships.

Vision - Having a clear goal to aim for is essential for success. Family members must assume responsibility for leading the family. Each family needs its own special set of rules and guidelines. These rules are based on the family members' greatest understanding of one another, not forced upon them. The guidelines pass along from adults to the children by example, with firmness and fairness. Strong families work together to establish their way of life, allowing children to have a voice in decision making and enforcing rules. Families work together to create a clear vision that all agree with and abide by.

Wishing all families at Forest Park a wonderful Easter holiday.

Nick Tucker

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