Olympic and Paralympic Values - Friendship week
- Friendship week
- Values discussion as it happened
- More from our 'friendship' discussion
- Oli's child marriage crusade
- Luca's friends - primary assembly
- Luca's friends - secondary assembly
- The 5000-mile friendship - primary assembly
- The 5000-mile friendship - secondary assembly
- St Botoph's friendship wave!
These debates are your school's chance to get involved.
From 0900-1000, tell us what friendship means to you, and we'll publish it right here.
You can also respond to points made by other schools. Agree? Disagree? We want to know.
Take a look at the debate points at the top of this page and watch the videos on the right for inspiration.
Welcome to our live debate page!
At 0900 BST, we'll kick-starting a discussion on this week's Olympic Value, which is friendship.
In addition to our live debates, World Class are producing films and assemblies this week around this Value - use the tabs at the top of the page to explore what's available.
We're off! The first questions about friendship come from Bedford Academy, Bedfordshire, UK.
Imaan, from Year 9, says: "I learn different skills and abilities from my friends that I haven't learnt from others".
And Lakiesha adds: "You can tell things to your friends which you wouldn't be able to tell your family. I would maybe count my sisters and cousins as friends but definitely not my parents"
Do you agree? Let us know!
We'd like to say a big hello to everyone at Khaitan Public School in India who will be involved in our live discussion from 13:00-14:00 BST. We are looking forward to hearing from them!
Joining the debate all the way from Malawi are pupils from Malikha Community Day Secondary School.
They've sent us handwritten letters on what friendship means to them!
If you can't make out the text above, Florence, 16, says that friendship, "Becomes real when there is existing or natural love".
A World Class welcome too to Danville School pupils, joining us from South Africa!
The Danville pupils (see 0908), who are in Year 10, have this to say about friendship:
"It is a quality that lets you depend on other people and good friendships build you emotionally and mentally.
Friendship is having a connection with a person, it can be because you have a lot in common. They are there for you in good times and in bad.
It is impossible to live life without any friends. Without friends you feel incomplete."
Puru from Khaitan Public School in India says, "Friendship is a relationship of humanity. They are a medium to share our views, problems and difficulties of life."
What do you think?
Sparsh from Khaitan Public School says friendship is "a relationship which every person has and happiness is incomplete without friendship".
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More from the Malikha Community Day Secondary School students in Malawi.
Daka, 18, thinks that friendship can involve "discussing your future plans and your career", and "sharing knowledge and wisdom about education."
Meanwhile, Lazaro tells us "it is important to have friendship because it helps to have a partner to know the behaviour of the other".
Great points. Do you agree? Disagree?
Arun from Khaitan Public School in India feels that friendship is "a mutual affection between two people and a true bonding between people."
Here's the view from the classroom at Danville Park Girls School in South Africa this morning:
Not bad! Thankfully it's a gloriously sunny morning here in the UK, too.
Here are Danville's thoughts on what friendship means - can you add any to these?
- Someone who does not judge you and accepts you for who you are
- Someone who laughs at all your jokes
- Someone who makes you happy when you are sad
More from the Year 9 pupils at Bedford Academy (see 0858). Chelsea says: "Friends are really important to me as they help you get through difficult situations".
And Imaan thinks, "Family will always be there but friends change over time".
On the subject of our debate point 'Would you count your parents as friends?' Sparsh from Khaitan Public School in India says parents can be told secrets. We should not hold anything back from our parents as they are the only people who can help us when we are in need.
On the debate point 'would you count your parents as friends?' Puru from Khaitan Public School in India says, "parents are the first support network of our life."
For inspiration on what friendship means to you, check out this film.
Inspired by the Olympic value Friendship, Oli campaigns against child marriage where he lives in Bangladesh.
He's just 12 years old, but has halved the amount of child marriages in his area by talking to families about why they shouldn't marry off their daughters so young.
Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 20% of girls becoming wives before their 15th birthday, even though 18 is the minimum age allowed by law.
We've added a new debate point at the top of of the page. We want to know:
Why do you think that 'friendship' is an Olympic Value?
Let us know your answers - is friendship important in sport? And why is it important to the Olymipic Games?
Some great input from Holy Cross School, in New Malden, UK!
Selan, 12, thinks that "Friendship is a bond that never ends and is forever strong.
It is a relationship which creates happiness and stops war."
Lauren, 12, from Holy Cross (see 0945) tells us: "Friendship is a special bond between two people. You can't buy friendship, you have to earn it."
And Sarah adds: "Friendship is like a fire and arguments are like the wind. The wind blows out the weak ones but strengthens the strong ones."
A great comment - very poetic, we think!
James from King Edward VI school in Southampton says: "To me friendship means being close to people who care about you and will help you in everyday challenges."
This is Ollie from King Edward VI School, Southampton taking part in the BBC World Class online discussion on friendship.
Do you have a question for Ollie?
Heather from King Edward VI School in Southampton has commented on one of our debate points above.
The question: "Why do you think friendship is an Olympic Value?"
She says: "To me friendship is someone who walks in when the rest of the world walk out.
I don't think friendship is a key Olympic Value though. It may help competitors if they have people cheering them on or it could distract them and maybe even make them lose."
Finally, she asks: "What do you think about friendship as an Olympic value?"
James from King Edward also has a thought on our debate point (see 0959). He says:
"Friendship can give you feelings of encouragement and enthusiasm in a way that other things cannot. It can help you reach your goals in life."
We're into the last stages of our first debate on 'friendship' today, and the comments and opinions have been fantastic!
Keep the emails coming in to email@example.com - if we don't feature them this morning, we'll try to use them in our afternoon debate which runs from 1300 BST onwards.
Alice and Bronwyn from King Edwards VI School in Southampton say, "friends are the key to life because they have taught us so many life lessons, making us a better person."
Alice & Bronwyn from King Edwards VI School in Southampton are talking about why friendship is an important Olympic value.
They disagree with Heather (see 0959).
They say, "Friendship is key to the Olympics because without friends, the athletes would have nothing to drive them forward and help them reach their goals. For us, our friends inspire us to do better and to be the best we can be - the same goes for the athletes in the Olympics."
Oli, who features in in our film about child marriage, (see 0935), has this to say on the value of friendship: "Friendship is playing together and if possible working for a good cause."
Oli thinks a friend is someone who, "Always stays beside me in my happy and sorrow hours. A friend never quarrels or fights with me."
While Franki from King Edward VI School in Southampton says, "Friendship is a key part of the Olympics because to succeed you have to work well as a team and get along like friends.
"Friendship will make the team work better together and be unbeatable!"
Here's a letter to World Class from 18-year-old Elecia at Malikha Community Day Secondary School in Malawi.
She says that "Friendship is also a situation whereby people of Malawi agree with other people living in other country such as Britain".
We hope that you agree with her!
Muhammad at King Edwards VI School in Southampton says, "I think that friendship is a core value in the Olympics because you have a goal to achieve, to impress your friends. So to me friendship is really important in sports."
We're tying things up for now, but do join us again from 1300 BST when we'll be resuming the debate about what friendship means to your school.
We'll be joined at that time from pupils from Colegio Certo in Brazil, a school that places a strong focus on good citizenship and friendship.
If you've any questions for them or thoughts about friendship and the Olympics, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a final note for now, Holy Cross School have translated a special welcome message for Colegio Certo!
"Nos damos as boas-vindas aos nossos amigos novos do Colegio Certo do Brasil. A nossa escola chama-se Holy Cross school, New Malden na Inglaterra.
E uma escola catolica que da importancia a amizade."
(Which means: "We welcome our new friends from Colegio Certo in Brazil. Our school is called Holy Cross, New Malden, England.
Holy Cross is a Catholic school which values the importance of friendship".)
Thanks for that guys!
Welcome back to part two of our live debate around the Olympic Value, 'friendship'.
We've already had some great input today from schools around the world - just scroll down to see what's been discussed.
We want to hear what your school has to say about friendship. What does it mean to them? Why is it an Olympic Value?
We'll also be joined this afternoon by students from Colegio Certo, a school in the North-East of Brazil who pride themselves on fostering values of friendship and citizenship in their students.
The school are twinned with Roseberry Sports College in Durham, and you can watch a film about their recent visit to the school in the film on the right, 'The 5000-mile friendship'.
Have you got questions for the Brazilian students? Email them in!
Roshan from Holy Cross says, "Friends are the family we get to choose."
Here are pupils at Holy Cross contributing to the debate...
Rishika from The Khaitan Public School in India has written in with her thoughts on one of our debate points: 'Why is friendship an Olympic Value?'
She feels that "No (Olympic) team can be in isolation - they need to have good relations amongst the team mates as well as with the competitors.
Friendship inspires this important value of co-ordination and international relations amongst the participating countries."
What do you think?
Marie from Holy Cross School believes "friendship is something we all want but not necessarily something we all give."
A really insightful thought, Marie.
We're pleased to be joined now by pupils from Colegio Newland in Queretaro, Mexico!
They have this to say: "We think that we think friendship in the Olympics is about support between countries and the union of its people.
It also refers to the friendship that might occur with the contestants and how they interact.
It is really important to highlight the fact that contestants don't see each other as enemies, but as friends, and might as well become friends."
A fantastic point, but do you agree with them? Is it possible to see your rival as a friend?
On the subject of friendship being a worthy Olympic value Roshna says, "even though the Olympics is a competitive event friendships are often made between rivals who share common values. Frienship comes when you respect others".
Respect is the Olympic value we'll be focusing on next week at BBC World Class!
Marida & Bronwyn from King Edward VI School in Southampton comment on one of our earlier debate points about whether parents can also be friends: "You can't choose your parents but if you're lucky they'll be there for you just like a friend would."
Great question here from Joe at Bedford Academy, UK, who asks:
"How does competition get in the way of the value of friendship? If you were competing against a friend in the Olympic final would you put the gold medal over that friendship?"
Holy Cross wish to welcome their new friends from Colegio Certo in Brazil. Our school is called Holy Cross, New Malden, England.
Holy Cross is a Catholic school which values the importance of friendship. We are now going to tell you some more ideas on friendship....
Selan says, "Friendship is a bond that never ends and is forever strong and it is a relationship which creates happiness and stops war."
Bronwyn & Marida from King Edward VI School in Southampton say, "Friendship is universal. No matter what country you're in or what language you speak you can make someone feel really special and not even realise. And that's what friends are for".
James from King Edward VI School in Southampton says, "I believe friends are people who try their hardest to be helpful and nice to people in every thing they do. They give more than they take, be it in kindness or favours."
Joe from Bedford Academy wants your opinions. He asks: 'how does competition get in the way of the value of friendship?
If you were competing against a friend in the Olympic final would you put the value of a gold medal over that friendship?'
Email email@example.com and let us know what you think. Great questions. Go Joe!
James from King Edward VI School in Southampton, UK, has an answer for Joe (see 1317)
"I think that you can see rivals as your friends. They may be rivals in the event, but when your not competing, there's no reason to try and be better than them. Rivals can be brilliant friends in normal life."
That's a great answer. What do you think. Joe - do you agree?
Marida & Bronwyn from King Edward VI School, Southampton have a different take on the Olympics...
"People say the Olympics are about sport but they're actually about the people and how they get along. We wouldn't appreciate the Olympics if we didn't appreciate the friendship born in the event."
Responding to what Selan said from Holly Cross School (see 1318) Colegio Newland in Mexico say, "We want to create this kind of bond between children all over the world in this way to stop war."
Bedford Academy tweets: Lakiesha year 9 - 'Do you have the opportunity to socialse with friends outside school'? #worldclassvalues
We've a reply from Joe on whether sporting rivals should also be friends (see 1330)
He says: "During the event for me friendship would be out the window, I'll do what it takes to win. After the event we would be friends again. Besides if I win he should be happy for me as my friend!"
James from King Edward, it's back to you...
While we're waiting for Colegio Certo to come online in Brazil, Colegio Newland in Queretaro, Mexico have been fielding some questions.
The school caters for all age groups and is located close to Mexico City.
In this morning's session we heard from pupils from Malikha Community Day Secondary School in Malawi. They've been in touch again and sent us this brilliant picture of them taking part in the discussion.
Bedford Academy, UK, asked: "If it came to a choice between friends and family, what would you choose?"
Colegio Newland pupils replied: "The question of which is more important, family or friends, is difficult, because both are important.
We try to put friends first, but not always is possible, because our parents do not allow it all the time. So we have to balance sometimes."
Khaitan Public School in India have asked: "What are the favorite sports of the students from Colegio Newland?"
Newland reply: "Friendship in Olympics includes support within contestants even though they are from different countries and nationalities, because they can learn something from each other.
"This is a moment in which it doesn't matter where are you from or who you are because everyone is there for the same reason and maybe, the Olympics can be known as an excuse to unite the world, because in the end, the Olympics gathers us all together."
Bedford Academy also asks: "Have you ever fallen out of friendship with someone never to be friends again? If so, why?"
Colegio Newland students say: "It's not always is easy to forgive a friend who betrayed you. Depends on the betrayal...
We try to do our best to continue friendship, but when the thing your friend did to you is very bad - like talking bad things about you with your other friends - it is not easy."
Has this happened to you? Have you been able to forgive your friend?
Earlier we asked if you think parents can be your friends.
Well, 12-year-old Chisomo from Malikha Primary School, Malawi, believes that "parents are not our friends because their sole responsibility is to take care of us every day and we cannot play with them the way we play with our friends."
Bedford Academy asked: Can girls be friends with boys as teenagers? What would your parents think?
The Colegio Newland pupils respond: "Girls and boys can be friends in teenage years easily... Friends are friends.
We have classrooms with boys and girls and sometimes we have to work as a team, an academic team, so we learn how to involve everyone.
Parents don't always agree, especially if it is a trip together, but we can say that we are just friends. And sometimes parents agree and realize we are friends and we can manage the situation."
Bedford Academy tweets: Masuma year 10 'In the UK its easy to stay in touch with friends with social networking technology' #worldclassvalues
James from King Edward VI School, Southampton, says "I agree with what Joe says about friendship not mattering when playing sport (see 1343). Sport should be about performing at your best. I also think that if you win, you should congratulate your friends, and the other contestants, for taking part."
17-year-old Darless from Malikha Community Day Secondary School in Malawi has a response to Joe (1330).
She says: "An opponent may be friend before or after the game has been played. But during the game he or she is an opponent you are to take on without a friendship consideration."
An interesting debate developing here! Any thoughts from the rest of you?
The pupils at Malikha Community Day Secondary and Primary schools in Malawi have been busy today. They have had their say on some of our debate points, including whether or not friendship should be an Olympic value.
Faston, 17, says: "Friendship helps in Olympic Games because we encourage each other and in turn build a strong support system." Lobina, 12, adds: "Friendship during Olympics acts as a strong source of support and keeps one motivated."
"Friendship allows an individual to gain morale and this keeps him/ her going during the Olympic games even in case of injuries," says Lazaro. Finally for now here's 17-year-old Darless: "Friendship is important during Olympics because one is motivated to exercise more and in turn, his/ her health benefits in the long run."
Chelsea from Bedford Academy would like to talk to Colegio Newland in Mexico
She says: "We have single sex teaching in our lessons which we feel has affected our friendships with the boys in our school.
"Do boys and girls have seperate lessons in Mexico and how do you feel about our way of teaching?"
15-year-old Marcus from Colegio Certo is online and responding to your questions!
Marcus stars in the film 'The 5000-mile friendship' which you can watch on the right.
Khaitan Public School in India asked: "What inspired the pupils of Colegio Certo to travel 5,000 miles to visit pupils from Roseberry Sports College in Durham?"
Marcus says: "In fact, the BBC promoted a project to twin together some schools from all the world to discuss how our schools work.
In the first time a year ago, we were invited to take part (in the Durham Youth International Games) for two days and then to visit Roseberry School.
When County Durham decided to make the sports event again, we were invited to take part to it and to visit the school once again."
You can find out more about Roseberry and Colegio Certo's partnership which is part of the BBC and British Council Olympic Dreams network here
Marcus responds to Bedford Academy's question "Can you be friends with your parents?"
"Absolutely. In our country our parents are our best friends. They are always beside us to teach how lead a good life, how to get experience to our whole life.
They talk to us about everything. They are special friends for us."
Colegio Certo have a special message just for Holy Cross School! (see 1016)
"Oi, pessoal. Nós somos do Colégio Certo, no Brasil. È muito bom receber uma mensagem de vocês. Nossa escola é no estado do Piauí, na cidade de Teresina. Nosso clima é muito quente e temos muito sol.
Mas somos muito alegres e achamos que a amizade é algo fundamental em nossas vidas. Fazemos nossos melhores amigos na escola e eles se conservam por toda a vida.
Se vocês precisarem de alguma coisa em nossa escola ou em nossa cidade, basta os dizer."
We'll reveal what all that means for you later - but for now, if Holy Cross are reading, feel free to continue the conversation!
Bedford Academy tweets: Ben yr10 'Is Colegio Newland multicultural? How does this affect friendships? #worldclassvalues
Marcus fields another question that you've been debating a lot today: 'Can girls be friends with boys as teenagers? What would your parents think?'
He says: "In my country this is really common. We study in the same school and usually live in the same neighbourhood.
Our parents don't mind, but, of course, they have some rules about our friendship. And they prefer to meet and know our friends."
Colegio Newland in Mexico have responded to Chelsea's question (1414)
Do boys and girls have separate lessons in Mexico and how do you feel about the Bedford Academy way of teaching (single sex lessons)?
They say: "We have male and female teachers, boys and grils students in the same class... All day long we have this kind of class, so it is easy to became friends between boys and girls, we are never separated and we think if it happend, we will not be happy."
That brings up the end of our second live session today, but it's been a fantastic ride with some great points discussed.
Your contributions have been varied, insightful and generally brilliant - and the good news is that you can join us again for more of the same next week!
Our Olympic Value then will be 'respect', and we'll be joined by some special guests from the Dominican Republic - keep visiting the World Class site this week for full details.
As a final note, we'll be featuring all of Marcus' answers to your questions on a seperate page that you'll be able to access shortly.
Reload this page later today, and his answers will be available in the tabbed list at the top of the page.
That's it for now - except to reveal the full translation of Colegio Certo's message (see 1424):
"Hi, everybody. We are from Colégio Certo (Right School) in Brazil. It's a pleasure to receive messages from you.
Our school is in the state of Piaui, in the city of Teresina. Our weather is really hot and we have a lot of sun.
We are very happy and we think friendship is fundamental in our lives. We make our best friends at school and we keep them for all our lives.
If you need anything from our school or our city, just let us know. Let's be good friends."
And on that note, see you next week!