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Courtesy Assembly


Steven Lauder

on 6 July 2013

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Transcript of Courtesy Assembly

Theme: Courtesy

A person's outward bearing; way of speaking to and treating others
Old fashioned manners?
Religion & Manners

• Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. (Christianity)

• Do unto all men as you would wish to have done unto yourself, and
reject for others what you would reject for
yourself. (Islam)

• Hurt not others with that which pains yourself. (Buddhism)
Manners at School
Being punctual for your lessons.
Knocking when late...

Using good language around school

Holding doors
Helping each other

Showing respect to everybody

Eating together, and waiting for your friends

Saying thank you
“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.”
Elsie De Wolfe

Theme: Courtesy
Are manners a thing of the past?
No elbows on the table
Do not point
Wait for all food to be served before you take a bite!
Do not talk with your mouth full
Hold the door open for other people
Ask to be excused from the dinner table
"Yes, please"
"No, thank you"
Write a thank you note
Give up your seat...
Be a good sport
Manners in other cultures
The message is the same. The respect we show to others is a universal good manner
China- Finishing your plate indicates that the host has not given you enough food
Taiwan- Burping shows appreciation
Phillipines - A handshake is seen as aggressive
Japan - leaving a tip is an insult
Singapore - chewing gum is illegal!
Every time you are courteous and show others respect, you show that you:

Respect yourself
and care about how you
conduct yourself


for others
around you.

for our environment.

•Want to
make our school a better place for everyone.
How you treat other people and the respect you show to other people is an outward sign of ourselves and who we are.

Modern expectations are the same. The language is different.
Manners for the 21st century?
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