How many times do you get to throw stuff at people and NOT get in trouble for it at school?? Never, unless it’s part of a Mosaic session at Arden School :).
Annalisa was visiting us this week so she got to see how hard we were all working – we do normally work harder than this Annalisa, honestly!
A great big ball of red wool, about 15 girls, their mums, 9 mentors and 2 school staff – sounds like a great song title eh? It was actually a very fun and interactive mentoring session where we learnt how to be more confident in our communication.
The idea was to give and receive compliments to each other – hard work eh? We all got into a great big circle and mixed up the mentors, girls and mums and then started throwing stuff at each other while saying how brilliant, amazing and wonderful we all were.
We took it in turns to choose a person, throw the ball of wool at them, and then say something nice about them. The girls were great at it, and have had lots of practice through the PATH work they do at school, and complimented people on their clothes, their sense of style, their beautiful smile and lovely hair.
One of the mums got over excited and started complimenting herself – which was great to see and hear!! By the end of the activity, the room was full of a great big red web, somewhat tangled, but a great way to see how many compliments had been given and received!
There was lots of laughter, smiling and happy people who all felt a bit extra special today! It was the perfect day for visitors, so Annalisa and the Head Teacher of the school got to see the group at its finest. We even managed to get the Head stuck in the middle of our Web of Compliments…oops!
We continued the session with mums and daughters sharing what they like about each other. This was a really simple way of showing appreciation for each other, about everything from helping with housework, to looking after her to helping with younger siblings and being polite.
As a mum myself, this was definitely something I will be doing with my own children to show them how much I appreciate and love them, but also to get them to appreciate and be able to recognise and vocalise their thanks for all that I do for them.
This was definitely the kind of session that makes you really grateful for the opportunity to be a Mosaic Mentor and to be part of an amazing feel good session!
It was topped off when we planned the next session which is our last formal session with the mums and daughters. Mrs Shergill had a great idea and we were all getting really excited about the next session.