Our Christian Core Value for the beginning of the Summer Term 2022 is 'Justice'.
“Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.” (Psalm 106:3)
When thinking about ‘justice’, some people think first about giving wrongdoers the punishment they deserve. ‘Justice’ evokes ideas of ‘just deserts’, ’the punishment fitting the crime’, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.
However, that would be a one-sided picture of justice. Justice also means giving all people – particularly the poor and oppressed – what it is right and fair for them to have: life, health, freedom and dignity. It is about acting out of a concern for what is right and seeing right prevail. It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer most and are least able to protect themselves.
In Exodus, the people are instructed to deal with everyone fairly and never to show partiality to one group above another (Exodus 23:2,6).The Bible emphasises that ‘The righteous care about justice for the poor’ (Proverbs 29:7).Isaiah says: ‘Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow’ (Isaiah 1:17). Justice is the ‘plumb line’ by which society is measured (Isaiah 29:17). According to Amos, its presence in society should be constant and abundant: ‘Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!’ (Amos 5:24)
Throughout the Bible, it is emphasised that justice is immensely important to God. It is fundamental to God’s character. ‘For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.’ (Psalm 11:7)
Justice is not about a culture which encourages everyone to insist on their own rights at the expense of others. It is about a community that knows that everyone’s well-being is bound up with that of everyone else.
A commitment to justice leads to fierce opposition to injustice in whatever form it may be found. Justice is a pre-requisite of peace: without justice there can be no peace.
We will be linking Justice to the story of Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:41-52).
Spring Term 2nd Half
Our Christian value for this half term is PEACE.
The Bible has so much to offer in this area of positive personal, relational and community values, and its timeless wisdom can help us as pupils and staff here at Kingston St Mary, pass on to others the qualities of life that are most valuable. When talking, discussing and reflecting on the Christian value, Peace, the following key ideas and themes are explored with the children –
• Inner peace – it is important for children to learn how to calm themselves down in any range of situation, to cope with a range of anxieties and fears, to enjoy silence, becoming more reflective (asking what does that really mean for me?), and cultivating a contented spirit i.e. at one with yourself.
• Peace between each other - During each academic year, the assemblies led by Miss Greenslade focus on friendships and being at peace between each other in school. The following themes are explored - making and keeping friends, sorting out arguments, making compromises, letting go of hostile feelings, building bridges, learning how to listen to each other. Some of this is discussed through role play, scenarios and listening to stories.
• Peace in the community – The theme of peace is developed further to look outwards into the community, respecting differences, listening and talking with those who hold opposite views to you, honouring each other, and finding common ground. Children need time to listen to differing viewpoints and learn respect for each other.
• Peace in the world – Ultimately, children need to discuss and explore the wider global aspects such as ending wars, working for peace and peacekeeping, talking not fighting.
• Peace with God – Last but not least, pupils need to learn and be taught about forgiveness. Christians believe that this is where it all must start for true peace be found both inside ourselves and between each other.
Key Bible verses
It is important that as staff we use key Biblical references to back up our Christian values, as this underpins why this Christian value is so central to us.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (quoting Psalm 34) 'Do you really love life? Do you want to be happy? Then stop saying cruel things and quit telling lies. Give up your evil ways and do right, as you find and follow the road that leads to peace' (CEV) Matthew 5:9: 'God blesses those who make peace. They will be called his children.' There are Key concepts to unpack with the pupils –
• Peace has a range of meanings, from silence to the ending of a war.
• Peace is something most people long for - an end to hatred, hurting and even harmful noise.
• But why is peace so hard to find? Are we frightened of silence? Are we incapable of living peacefully with each other, especially with those who are different from us?
• Finding and making peace is hard work and once it is found, it needs to be guarded very carefully Children have a greater understanding of the idea of peace when:
• They experience true silence – in church, at home or at school
• They make up with friends after a row – in the playground, in the classroom or at home
• They see people working together and burying their differences- at home with parents or older siblings, at school between staff, between friends,
• They hear about war and peace in their history lessons walk or on TV
• They hear about wars still going on today – in news, in assemblies, class discussions or chats between friends.
Display and reflective corner ideas - The following will be used in school over the term –
• Symbols of peace from different faiths and none include: a dove, an olive branch, a cross, a flaming torch, the Olympic rings, a CND badge and a rainbow. • A picture of a peace treaty being signed (from the web), weapons being laid down, enemies shaking hands, too hostile flags flying together, a calm lake scene.
• Pictures of Nobel Peace Prize winners.
• A Christmas manger with the words spoken by the angels of 'peace on earth'. Key questions to use with children:
• Where do you go to get some peace and quiet? How do you go about making peace with someone?
• What does the word 'peace' make you think of?
• What situations today need to find peace?
• What can you do to make this school a more peaceful place?
Bible Story links: The Bible can help us to explain and give answers to the children – Romans 12:17-18 'Try to earn the respect of others and do your best to live at peace with everyone.
• The prophets in the Old Testament foresaw the day when there would be an end to war - see Micah 4:1-5 (beating swords into ploughshares).
• Isaiah advises that a child will come one day who will be called 'The Prince of Peace' - see Isaiah 9:6-7.
• The angels sing of peace on earth when Jesus is born - see Luke 2:8-16.
• Jesus brings peace to the storm on Lake Galilee - see Luke 8:22-25.
• Paul talks of Jesus being the person who can bring peace between opposing groups of people - see Ephesians 2:14 -18.
• Paul prays for peace among the people to whom he writes - see 2 Corinthians 13:11-13. Isaiah's vision for peace
Our special Peace prayer for the term –Peace
A Prayer for Peace
We thank you for giving us your peace.
Help us to spread peace at home and at school by loving and caring for one another.
Help us to spread peace by listening to one another, even when we don’t agree. Help us to spread peace by sharing our time with those who are lonely and who need a friend.
Help us to spread peace by thinking and praying for children who have no food or who are frightened and live in fear.
Let us pray every day for peace for our families, for our friends and for ourselves.
Please remember to have a look at our newsletter on PEACE with your family and friends.
Spring Term 2022
The value for the start of 2022 is ‘hope.’ This value is more than just wishing for things to be different, it is about believing that things either in our own personal world or the wider world can be better and being prepared to do something. At this time of year individuals and families often make New Year resolutions. As a family you might talk about your hopes and dreams for the future and what you can do to make them happen. Albert Einstein said ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.’ In our assemblies we will be looking at what hope is, hopes related to our Rights and hopes for world peace. Have a super Christmas! Mrs Griffiths
Hi everyone! I have found these fantastic links to assemblies you can share at home. They are linked to our Christian Values and we will be sharing them during our Collective Worship at school. Mrs Griffiths
Faith at home collective worship videos are shared here:
Our Bible bites are shared here:
The Museum of the Moon will be presented in Wells Cathedral from 12 October – 3 November 2021, and will be accompanied by a constellation of events culminating in the Festival of the Moon. Some of the children from Robins class are lucky enough to be visiting this event. We have also entered the Cathedrals competition to 'Design a Planet'. Hopefully, we'll win a Wells Cathedral goodie bag!
Voice of Values Council 2021-2022
In all that we do our values shine through!
Voice of Values Motto
Our Voice of Values Council has been established since 2020. The Voice of Values Council has a very important job in our Church of England school. Their responsibilities include:-
1) Being ambassadors and actively promoting our Christian Values
2) Planning, leading and evaluating Collective Worship
3) Organising and running fundraising events for our chosen charities
5) Working with the wider school community to promote 'Home School Values'
This year, the Voice of Values Council includes Posy, Chloe, Harry and Cohen- have chosen a value for each half term, making links to the Christian calendar, school events and celebrations, their own learning and to experiences they will have both inside and outside school. The children in each class voted democratically for their representative. Mrs Griffiths
‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’
Song link: You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Bible Story: The Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8) ‘Yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice.’
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Kingston Family Harvest Festival
Sunday October 17th at 11am
Jackie Laws from Send a Cow will talk about the project we support in Kenya.
This will be followed by ploughman's lunch and fruit juice.
Harvest offerings for Open Door would again be gratefully appreciated, non perishables if possible.
Our Harvest Festival collection will be on Thursday 7th October 2021. We will be collecting for 'Open Door' which is a charity based in Taunton. This is a charity which helps people that we as a community, encounter daily. It is very close to all our hearts.
Doors open at 9:30 for rough sleepers who can have hot showers, breakfast and clothes washed and dried. Clients are also able to access our donated clothing store. In the mornings they have the Outreach Team who offer practical advice and support about housing, addictions and health.
In addition to this daily support they have volunteers who provide a reading group, a make and mend group and people who are there to read the paper and have a chat with. They also have support from the Samaritans and various other groups daily.
Following on from this is their tailored support packages which offer practical advice and guidance in the short and longer term.
Truthfulness – Telling the truth, honesty is something that we all would like to receive but it is sometimes more difficult to find in everyday life. Sometimes it is hard to make a wise choice to tell the truth.
Jesus said ‘I am the way the truth and the life’ John 14 v6
A lie has many variations, the truth none – African Proverb
On Monday 27th September 2021 we shared a whole school assembly on the theme of ‘Truthfulness’ which is our value for this half term. The children enjoyed being organised into groups. During the assembly they had the opportunity to learn about Abraham Lincoln, to hear the story of the ‘truth stick’, as well as making their own, and role play moral dilemmas. We learnt the importance and value of telling the truth, even though it might be difficult.
11th July is World Population Day
Armed Forced Day
Sunday 26th June
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.
Although Armed Forces Day is not a charitable event, the Armed Forces have the support of several UK charities and many local events will offer opportunities to support them. To find out more about Armed Forces charities please have a look on their website.
Virtual Pilgrim Days 2021
As we can’t join together this year as planned, we thought that you might like to take part in the Pilgrim Days at home. A web page has been set up with everything you need. This is aimed at Yr4 and Yr6 children moving on from First and Primary or Junior to Middle or Secondary school. Please follow the link below to take part.
At Kingston St Mary School SMSC is promoted throughout our curriculum in lessons, in competitions, fund raising, assemblies, concerts, shows, trips and visits, visitors to the school etc...
Below is a summary of what Spiritual. Moral, Social and Moral development means for our children.
Development in SMSC takes place across all curriculum areas, within activities that encourage pupils to recognise the spiritual dimension of their learning, reflect on the significance of what they are learning, and to recognise any challenges that there may be to their own attitude and lifestyle.
Class discussions and circle time will give pupils opportunities to:
Below are just some examples of how we have promoted SMSC in the last few years.
Children have been thinking back on their learning both last year and this term and thinking of what was good and how to improve.
Our value for this half term is responsibility. This means the obligation to behave well, having a duty to fulfil. In Kingston St Mary School this may be shown as: making good decisions about our own behaviour, taking responsibility for our learning, being independent, bringing the correct equipment and PE kit to school, handing homework in on time, caring for others. Responsibility also includes thinking about being a good citizen and caring for our environment.
Red Cross Week is a great time of the year. It ties in with World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. This is an annual celebration of their Movement's work across the world. It's celebrated in May each year.
The British Red Cross plays a vital role in emergency response, and the ongoing, ever-changing situation concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is no exception.
In times of crisis, they're here to help people. They're local and they're global and they've been doing this for 150 years. Their network of incredible staff and volunteers means they are uniquely placed to reach people in fearful, uncertain times.
But it’s the generosity of supporters like you that enables their work to happen quickly and efficiently. With your help, they'll continue to provide vital humanitarian, individual support for the most vulnerable, and those who fall through the gaps.
Set up your fundraising page by clicking their website and join the largest British Red Cross virtual street collection! Send the link to your friends and family via email, social media, or even text message! Ask for donations, no donation is too small to help vulnerable people.
The main 'Virtual Bucket Shaker appeal' dates will be 4-10 May (when Red Cross Week was originally planned), however you can start fundraising now and keep going as long as you like!
Get creative and organise your own virtual fundraising event: a virtual quiz, yoga, bingo, the possibilities are endless! You can donate by phone, or online by contacting your local fundraiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 456 1005. Many thanks
Tuesday 20th April 2021 Our Christian Value
The first half of the Summer Term our school will focus on ‘Service’.
Words relating to ‘servant’ and ‘service’ are central in Christian theology. Some of the most important prophecies in Isaiah speak of the coming of the ‘Servant of the Lord’ and his role as a ‘suffering servant.’ That is why Jesus said that he ‘came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. This turned upside down the normal relationship between master and disciple, leader and follower. In many ways, this astonishing action symbolizes the essence of the Incarnation: God stooping to share the human condition. Jesus is very clear about the meaning of his action: ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done.’
The parable of the Good Samaritan shows we should serve those in need whoever they are. Such service is not offered to gain some advantage for ourselves. ‘Going the extra mile’ involves sacrifice, putting ourselves out for someone else’s benefit.
Serving God means serving others. It also means that we cannot serve other masters as well - such as money. However, the Christian message is equally clear that service is not all about restrictions. It is precisely in a life of service that we become most truly free.
How can we demonstrate our value of Service?
Galatians 5:13-14 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbour as yourself”.
Luke 10:33-34 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
In this animated video, our talented illustrators have brought The Last Supper to life. Lovingly drawn and clearly narrated, I think this short film would be perfect for you to share at home with your family. Pause the film at intervals and encourage the children to discuss what they’re watching in real-time.
Easter at Kingston St Mary
Easter is going to be very different this year at Kingston St Mary School for a second year running. We are looking forward to reflecting with the children within our bubbles about the importance of the Easter story. The Diocese of Bath and Wells have a collective Worship YouTube Play List; there is a series telling each part of the Easter Story: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfoG5SQ7Zs9UJQmQ2M8cUsQ/playlists
The image is a cross on coloured mosaic labelled Collective Worship:
Story 1: https://youtu.be/Uc0aAQHFFQ4 (Introduction Easter the most important story)
Story 2: https://youtu.be/QzretA8XGqs (Palm Sunday)
Story 3: https://youtu.be/NMJfYJeNf78 (Jesus in the temple)
Story 4: https://youtu.be/QWbcdJwQN (Last Supper)
Over the Easter holidays, it would benefit the children to look over our ‘Church Distinctiveness’ page on our website. During the summer term, I am hoping to start our ‘Voice of Values’ Council which will replace our ‘School Council’. Pupils will be able to access key information about taking part on the website.
What is 'Forgiveness'?
Chloe - Yesterday I forgave someone for being mean.
Theo - This week I forgave someone for saying I wasn't their friend.
Jesse - Once, when I was going to football, the ball hit me in the face, I forgave them.
Thomas - When someone hurt me I forgave them.
Kingston - A long time ago someone hit me with a hockey stick and I forgave them.
Rhys - Our team had to forgive because someone kicked our ball over the hedge.
Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God. Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin (Numbers 14:18).
Jesus was uncompromising in his command to forgive. Forgive, he said, ‘seventy times seven’ (Matthew 18:21). In other words, forgive and keep on forgiving without limit.
Forgiveness was at the heart of everything he did and is at the heart of the Lord’s Prayer. When Jesus declared a person’s sins to be forgiven, it often aroused the anger of those who were less willing to forgive than he was and yet a prayer for the forgiveness of his persecutors was on Jesus’ lips as he died. Christian preaching has always put forgiveness at the centre.
We forgive because we are forgiven. Paul says: ‘Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Ephesians 4:32)
The parable of the Unjust Steward tells of a servant who was forgiven his large debt only to be condemned because he refused to forgive a small debt owed to him.
Forgiveness cannot be given or received unless it is asked for, and the asking must be genuine and from the heart. Too often ‘sorry’ is said very easily, implying: ‘All I need to do is say I’m sorry and everything will be OK’. Real repentance demands that we take what we have done wrong with the utmost seriousness and have a deep desire not to do it again.
The whole sacrificial system in the Law of Moses was based on the principle that forgiveness requires sacrifice. Animal sacrifices are no longer offered, but the truth remains that forgiveness is costly to all involved. Once we understand that, forgiveness can be truly liberating both for the person who is forgiven and for the person who forgives.
Voice of Values Council
2020 - 2021
The Voice of Values Council has a very important job in our Church of England School. Their responsibilities include;
Voice of Values Motto
" In all that we do our values shine through!"
We are a Church School.
How do you know?
On, Friday 22nd January 2021, our Key worker children gathered to reflect on our school Christian Values. I also asked the children, “How do you know we’re a Church School?" The responses from the children were astounding and heartening to the efforts of all involved with our school. Well done everybody!
Freya Y6 –
“We have Christian Values”
“It says it in the name of our school”
“We learn about all religions in RE”
We are loving and caring”
Kingston Y4 –
“We visit the Church”
“It says it on our jumpers”
“We visit the Church for festivals and services”
“We talk about the values in the bible”
Ruby Y4 –
“People from the church come here and talk to us”
“We hear bible stories and we talk about them”
Isla Y6 –
“We have assemblies and we pray”
“We pray for others”
“Posters around our school remind us of Jesus”
“We are thankful for Jesus”
Oakley Y5 –
“We talk about the compassion of God the Father and the strength of his son”
Wilson Y3 –
“We live near the church”
“We have bible stories”
“We have lots of bibles in our school”
Home School Values
Home School Values is a resource which allows us to share stories and a range of fun activities for the all family, linked to our Christian Values. By exploring each of our Christian Values at home, you are promoting your Child's Spiritual and Moral Development whilst learning and sharing time together. Please take some time during this lockdown to look at the activity sheets for each value we are learning about.
Please see the link to this website below.
Many thanks for your ongoing support during this difficult time. Mrs Griffiths
Kingston’s Christian Core Values
At Kingston St Mary School, we have defined the Core Values that underpin our thoughts and actions. Not only when we are at school but also throughout our day-to-day lives. These values have been clear to see over the last few weeks since going back into another lockdown. We have felt extremely proud of all our school community. I have spent today mulling over how children at our wonderful school demonstrate their understanding of our Christian values. Mrs Griffiths.
Wisdom at Kingston St Mary – we make good choices. We wait for negative emotions like anger, fear or resentment to pass before taking action, wherever we are. We consider the thoughts of others as well as our own. We approach each day with an open mind and a readiness to learn.
Justice at Kingston St Mary – we treat others, as we would like to be treated. We are truthful and honest in all we do. We show self-discipline in the face of our desires and are concerned with the well-being of others.
Courage at Kingston St Mary – we are brave when faced with a challenge and persevere when things are tough. We are not reckless but willing to take necessary risks when fear, embarrassment or the opinion of others might otherwise discourage us from doing what is right and proper.
Compassion at Kingston St Mary – we help those who need help, not just our friends. We are forgiving of others who have made poor choices and show care and concern for all. We put others before ourselves and show kindness in all we do.
Belief at Kingston St Mary – we believe in everyone. We know that hard work and good intentions make a difference. We look to the future with positivity and high expectations and work hard to achieve our dreams and ambitions.
Respect at Kingston St Mary – we are kind and polite to everyone. We are tolerant of people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds and honour the achievements and qualities of others.
Responsibility at Kingston St Mary – we keep our word. We take care of our work, always conduct ourselves responsibly and follow the rules, both in out and of school. We accept our failures and mistakes without excuses and with a willingness to improve and persevere.
Examples of how we will share our Core Values at Kingston St Mary School
• Our actions. These values apply to everyone and we lead by example.
• Language. These words permeate everyday school life.
• Planning and Marking. Where possible, we reference our values in lessons and when marking books.
• Displays. Classrooms have a dedicated display to the Core Values. Mrs Griffiths has also developed a permanent display in the hall.
• Facebook. We highlight our children’s achievements on Facebook and always try to link their learning or actions to our Core Values.
• Assemblies. Assemblies are specifically linked to a Core Value to help the children clearly understand their true meaning and why they are so important.
• Core Value Certificates. These are awarded in Celebration Assemblies and are linked to a Core Value and explained as such when being awarded.
• Communication. Letters to parents, the school website and Newsletters raise awareness and promote our Core Values.
Our values are clear, simple to understand and will support our children in their development both inside and outside the classroom. Kingston St Mary prides itself not only in providing an excellent education for its pupils, but also in developing young people into well-rounded individuals who make positive contributions to the society in which they live.
Emphasis upon endurance and perseverance is common in the New Testament where it is linked with patience and suffering. St Paul is certain that endurance is honed by suffering, is character building and is characterised by love (Romans 5:3-4; I Corinthians 4:12 – 13). It is linked with self-control, godliness (2 Peter 1:6) and steadfastness.
At its root, endurance and perseverance is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important not to give up in the face of adversity.
Jesus endured rejection, abuse and the cross, and his followers are warned that they may well have to share that pain as persecution took hold. Discipleship is depicted as ‘taking up the cross daily’ and following in Jesus’ footsteps (Luke 9:23).
Endurance and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness. Even Jesus, for all his strength and ability to endure, looked to his disciples to help and sustain him by watching and praying with him (Matthew 26).
Monday 2nd November
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 'Open Door' collection. Mr Griffiths was able to deliver the wide selection of groceries during half term. It was wonderful to see such a wide range of toiletries included. The staff were extremely grateful and Mr Griffiths commented on the delicious smells coming from the kitchens. Hopefully, we will be able to have another collection before Christmas.
Thursday 15th October 2020
As part of our Harvest Festival celebrations this year we will be collecting for the charity 'Open Door'.
The Bible has so much to offer in this area of positive personal, relational and community values, and its timeless wisdom can help all us as a Christian school pass on to the next generation the qualities of life that are most valuable and which, as Christians, we believe are not only God-given but also can be God-energised in our lives.
Respect has different meanings but all play a part in how Christians value themselves and the lives of others. Respecting those that love and care for us, our parents, carers and those in the local community, is common in all traditions. We should appreciate what's done for us, finding cooperation not conflict and take responsibility. Romans13 states that we should 'Pay others the honour and respect you owe them'.
Respect for others - everyone is special; everyone's opinion matters; everyone's contribution is important; everyone's feelings should be considered; everyone's faith is sacred
Respect can mean simply treating each other with politeness and courtesy, and recognising that everyone’s contribution is important and that everyone’s feelings should be considered. At Kingston, we regularly discuss how respecting someone does not mean that we always agree with the other person but that we are prepared to listen and share our views without rudeness or impatience.
Christians recognise that respect needs to start with respect for ourselves and our own unique contribution to our homes, schools or communities. Having self-respect means being able to celebrate our gifts and talents, looking after ourselves and the bodies that God has given us. Having self-respect also means nurturing our talents so that we the best we can be, honouring how God has made us and being confident about who we are.