Manners Maketh Man

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8th May 2013 | Heads Blog

Manners Maketh Man (William of Wykeham)
This is a quote we have discussed with all the boys in assembly recently. The importance of good manners can never be underestimated, especially when even you consider they cost us nothing.

It is interesting to see that Elizabeth Truss, an Education Minister says that British children are lacking in manners. She went further to say that parents and nurseries are failing to teach children good manners and that this results in the children being unable to listen to the teacher or socialise properly!
Strong words indeed, there followed several days of media coverage, with lots of advice about manners. In the Times, Rachel Carlye even set out a guide for all ages up to 13.
Staff and parents have a responsibility to be the role models for all our children, an act of discourtesy can make us feel very annoyed, I am sure we have all experienced that! So let’s remember that the simple act of a ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ or holding the door can make people feel so much better and as I said at the beginning they cost us nothing.
Charles South
8/5/13

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