It can be quite difficult to forgive those who have wronged, embarrassed or hurt us. The temptation is to hold onto it and bear a grudge against them, but can we learn to see past that to forgive them? This week, we have asked the children to question what forgiveness means. They have explored questions about why it is sometimes difficult to forgive, how showing forgiveness can make them happier and why forgiving yourself for getting things wrong is just as important.

Martin Luther King Jnr argued, ‘We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this we are less prone to hate our enemies.’

Some of our Year 8 pupils have been reflecting during their form time. “It’s really difficult to forgive somethings, like when someone has been unkind, but you have to think ‘what are they thinking?’ ‘Why did they do it?’ and put yourself in their place. You should always try to forgive otherwise you end up feeling worse inside yourself. It’s hard but it’s the right thing to do.”