This primary school assembly story follows Tracey’s experience joining a very inclusive new school. Tracey was born deaf and so she uses sign language to communicate. This becomes complicated when the boys think she has invaded their secret den. When she tries to inform them otherwise they interpret her frantic signing as a display of fury and irked, they march off to Mr Blick in protest. Sensing something is up, Mr Blick remains placid and patient, soon identifying that Tracey is signing ‘Please listen!’ and so he commands the boys to pay attention to Tracey. She then directs them all to a nest of baby robins situated in a broken flowerpot inside the boys’ den- a little worldly wonder at their hands.
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Set in such an inclusive environment, this story shows the importance of celebrating diversity in today’s society. This includes being respectful towards others and perhaps taking the time and patience with those that warrant it most. When the boys forget this and jump to conclusions, they nearly overlook something very special and offend Tracey in the process. Mr Blick’s demonstration of attentiveness towards Tracey sets a good example for the boys, and for children listening who may now realise that when there are difficulties in communication, they need to work together to get the message across. The importance of tolerance, collaboration and consideration is emphasised in this story. Tracey’s urging ‘Please listen!’ sends a message to listeners to make that effort to listen to and take notice of others every day. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
This story focuses on listening and comes from More Brilliant Assembly Stories, written by Elizabeth Sach and published by Brilliant Publications.
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