We have been meeting with students in half-grade groups for workshops where students talked together about what belonging looks like and what builders and breakers of inclusiveness they’ve experienced.
Students also participated in a self-assessment on the sense of belonging they feel at HDCH. We heard some amazing stories and feedback about how students have felt belonging, as well as some sad stories and feedback about how students have not felt belonging in this community.
Mr. Apers, Mr. Todd, and Mrs. Bloemendal helped to facilitate these workshops and have collected data from each grade on the builders and breakers of belonging. Ideas were sorted into the categories of what belonging builders we can start or continue to do, and things that we need to stop doing as a community.
We looked at 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 as a kingdom vision for creating belonging and have been challenged on how we can all participate in helping HDCH move steps closer to being a community of inclusiveness, care, and love.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. ~ NIV
The workshops were followed up with a short assembly sharing back data that were shared by the student body. This is one step on the ongoing journey of working to actively build our community.
Thanks to our students for engaging in dialogues, sharing their ideas and concerns, and working hard together on being a community of love and grace.