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Let’s reflect on Ubuntu
Do you remember my assembly at the start of the new academic year?
I introduced you to the word ‘Ubuntu’ and we’ve since named a part of our dining room ‘Ubuntu’ as a reminder of what we can share when we sit down and talk to each together.
Ubuntu is a South African (Nguni Bantu) term roughly translating to “human kindness.” It is an idea which literally means “human-ness,” and is often translated as “humanity towards others,” but it is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.
According to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ubuntu speaks of the very essence of being human. We say “Hey, so-and-so has ubuntu.” It means you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, “My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.” We belong in a bundle of life. We say, “A person is a person through other persons.” A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are.” Archbishop Desmund Tutu.
I thought it would be good to share our ideas on Ubuntu. Here are some questions, just for starters. Share what you think of Ubuntu as way of understanding life.
Do you have ubuntu? Do you know someone who has good ubuntu?
Is ubuntu a way of explaining what we mean by ‘having honourable purpose’?
All Hallows Catholic College is celebrating the end of another very successful academic year, with a sextuple of awards, which flow from the heart of the college mission to ‘aspire not to have more but to be more’ and its Christian values. In as many months, the College has attained six major awards. The first was the International Schools Award which was followed by the Inclusion Quality Mark, Arts Mark Gold, the Green Flag, the highest award for environmental sustainability and then an E Safety Award. And just when the college thought it couldn’t get any better, and in the last week of the summer term, the college heard it had got the coveted Dyslexia Friendly Status accreditation. Principal, Tony Billings, says ‘The values we hold as a Church school influence who we are and what we do and we are delighted to have received the recognition in these in awards. Well done to all students and staff for the work that underpins these external assessments and accreditations’