In our project on ways of thinking and living in China, we are trying to open our minds to new ideas and ways of understanding the world.
Is this a good or a bad place for a tree to grow? Ask your children to give you the Daoist perspective!
Here are some of the class’s thoughts on the unfathomable “Dao” and the yin and yang. They said the Dao is
– how we are all connected to nature and everything around us (Olivia)
– the rhythm of nature and Earth (Sarafina)
– the way of life and nature (Kaliyah)
– a big world, small people (Reaiah).
On Yin and Yang, that they
– show how even opposite things need each other…. how everything in life is linked (Olivia)
– are opposites but need to be in balance to be right (Ignas)
– are the balance in the world (Ellie)
– show how opposites cannot live without one another (Kyrell).
The boys’ sililoquies have mostly not recorded well unfortunately – so here are just a few of them.
What have I become?
Have the three hags made me a monster? Nay, it was I who put the wicked forces upon me.
Will all the oceans clean me of this guilt?
No, but rather turn the sea incarnadine.
Blood begets blood: Duncan, now Macduff.
When will the noble blood stop spilling?
Even the throne does not b ring me happiness but instead melancholy.
Away Duncan! Away damn vision that haunts my eyes!
Life is but a candle melting away till the light goes.
It is not worth living.
What is happening to me?
Why have I slaughtered?
My veins are poisoned with desire to kill.
I was once a hero, then I committed treason.
My life is Scotland’s defeat.
Blood brings blood; why did I start this?
What’s done is done.
What have I turned into?
A great leader, loved and trusted by my men.
Now a shell of a man, diminished to king killer. My best friend, children, many innocent lives.
Taken because of my greed.
I am tortured by my deeds!
I don’t recognise the man I’ve become
These hands have become possessed. I have gone too far to be able to turn back.
What shall I be?
A killer of a warrior.
Forces of evil made me a king killer.
Will nothing get rid of the horror from my body?
Blood begets blood; first my king, then my friend, and then innocents.
The blood began to ooze into the river of my soul.
Is there no end to this slaughter?
This isn’t happiness; this is death.
What have I become?
Is this regret in my eyes?
Why must I cause this endless violence?
Lady Macbeth and myself are strangers
These hands will never be rid of the blood of a king and best friend.
Greed has got the better of me and I shall suffer the consequences.
These damned visions will die with me.
6CM has done very well in a competition to represent the school’s five values: welcome, excite, challenge, cooperate and understand. 6CM’s entries were chosen by Ms Atkins for welcome, excite and cooperate and will be displayed in the school lobby!
Congratulations to Emily, Kyrell, Mescach, Myah, Nell and Sylvie, Nell who came up with the ideas for excite. Kyrell wrote these brilliant words:
“Excitement is when you are at the start and you can feel the moment in your eyes and you’re saying to yourself, stay calm and win it.”
The team chose Usain Bolt as a person who encapsulates excitement.