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'Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing.' Thessalonians 5:11

Failure Day


Did you know that on the 13th October every year Finland has a national celebration called Failure Day? On this day they think about all the mistakes they have made throughout the year and the things they have learnt from these mistakes. They celebrate where things went wrong so they can move on from them.

At Thatcham Park we are very keen to develop this idea in the children. As a school we have been working hard on our Growth Mindset and focusing on helping the children to see how their mistakes make them better learners. So we decided to have our very own Thatcham Park Failure Day. We all did lots of different things to recognize how mistakes can be great. We would also love it if you got involved at home too. As part of the day it is a tradition in Finland to take part in a number of ‘failed’ activities such as craft or baking. They will follow a recipe for baking and make mistakes or burn the food. Or they will conduct a craft activity and make mistakes just to see what happens. We would love it if you tried any of these activities at home and share how they went with your class teacher. Take pictures and  reflect on how the activity went. What can you learn from the mistakes?

Here are all of the things that we got up to throughout the school. We hope you enjoy seeing what we got up to and remember the words of the very famous Albert Einstein who made plenty of mistakes throughout his life: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

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