Kintsukuroi – To Repair With Gold

This term Year 3B has been practising the art of ‘self-compassion’ and learning how to embrace their mistakes and develop a ‘growth mindset’.

Researchers emphasize that self-compassion should incorporate self-acceptance, forgiveness, and kindness. Not only does this mean avoiding excessive self-criticism, self-compassion also includes recognizing that failure is an inherent part of the learning process.

During our recent assembly item, Year 3B was able to share their understanding of self-compassion through the message of 'Kintsukuroi'. Kintsukuroi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold and understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having been broken. Kintsukuroi shows that, instead of a break weakening a bowl's beauty, it gains a new strength and resilience that makes it even more beautiful.  

The same can be said of us. At times we can be our own worst critic, especially when we make mistakes, but we have to learn to be kind to ourselves, to accept that it is through these apparent weaknesses and mistakes that we can learn to grow stronger. The symbol of Kintsukuroi teaches us that although life breaks us, God lovingly takes our broken pieces and our worst mistakes and creates a mosaic that makes us stronger, more resilient and even more beautiful than what we started with. 

The art of Kintsukuroi has offered a visual representation to the students in Year 3B that has helped them recognise and reflect on their mistakes and improve their growth mindset, which in turn is helping them let go of failure's disappointment and move on to new challenges with more positive emotions. 

Paige Karamatic

Year 3B Teacher

 

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