Inspired by the many warm-hearted stories and assemblies of Mrs. Hutchinson, former Director, Junior School, banners have now been hung around the building. They continue to encourage students to think positively and uphold the Crofton House values using Mrs. Hutchinson’s most-memorable prompts. Here are a few selections to help remind you of her messages:
Just Do the Right Thing
It takes courage and thinking to do the right thing. It’s hard, but when we do the right thing together, it’s much easier. We don’t do the right thing for accolades or attention, we do it quietly because it’s the right thing to do. Quite often, the easy things are not the right things. Doing the right thing is about solving problems, facing our mistakes, improving things for others, and keeping our promises. Together, we’ll make the world a better place.
“There are five words that you should know;
take these words wherever you go:
Just do the right thing.”
Be Like Bamboo
Bamboo combines strength and grace. It reaches its full height in just one growing season, and is used for all kinds of things from flooring, to tools, and clothing. The roots are what keep it strong, joined together under the ground. We have to be like bamboo—bending and swaying, but not breaking. And then we will return to our upright position. Being flexible is a sign of strength. When we lean into problems like bamboo, we have the capacity to bounce right back. It happens for the bamboo because of all the connections under the ground—that’s like your family, your teachers, and your community. They do for you what the roots do for bamboo, and help you bounce back.
“Be like the bamboo,
be flexible, be fabulous, like the bamboo.”
Get Rid of Your Potatoes
In the Junior School, when there is a concern—such as a mistake, poor decision, or regret— we call that a potato, like the ones that get lost or neglected in the back of the refrigerator. We encourage girls to get rid of their potatoes by sharing them, and they have embraced this simple image with open arms. They often come forward with the statement, “I’ve got a potato,” and afterwards, they feel untangled and liberated. Finding the courage to make things right is an expression of growth and an impressive act of bravery. We gave the girls some tips to try to unleash a potato:
- Identify: be honest with yourself by asking, what’s really bothering me?
- Pause: take a breath because intentional breathing helps manifest our courage.
- Return: this is the most difficult part—return to the situation or the person.
- Act: do something to make it right, such as an apology.
This is a significant path in the girls' journey to becoming her best self and developing personal responsibility. We all have potatoes that we hold inside, bothering us sometimes for years. The longer we avoid them, the heavier they become.
Your Words are Like Bubbles
Words are like bubbles; it’s very hard to take them back. Junior School students have reflected on the power of words to impact the world around us. Words cascade out of us frequently without thought or intention. It’s helpful for all of us to consider our words and take a small momentary breath before speaking. This brief practice helps to connect our brain with what we are about to say. We recognize that sometimes difficult things must be said. Hopefully, even challenging interactions can be expressed with care and purpose. It takes courage and strength to create a meaningful apology and remove the outcome of our words.
Special thanks to CHS parent Tracy Harvey-Chan, who designed the banners.