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I wasn’t aware that there was such a thing as World Kindness Day, however, it turns out that not only is it a thing, but that it is, in fact, today.  Clearly this makes deciding what to talk about in assembly simple, as Kindness is one of our school values.  It seems simplistic and perhaps even trite to have kindness as a value, but for us, here at Craigclowan, our mission is to make everyday kindness the norm rather than the exception.  Of course, it’s doubly important to have it explicitly defined as a value because it is not easy...we all make mistakes and often it is hard to remember the importance of kindness in our everyday lives and slip into bad habits.  So today, here at school, we not only celebrated Children in Need day but we linked this to kindness and challenged each member of our community to perform as many random acts of kindness as possible.  

To give you an idea of the sort of things we hoped the children might do, here is the list of ideas I shared with them:

  • Hold the door open for someone.
  • Let someone else go in front of you in a queue.
  • ​Help a friend who’s stuck with their classwork.
  • Clear up a mess you didn’t make.
  • Offer to help hand things out in the classroom.
  • Hang up someone’s coat if it’s fallen off its peg.
  • Offer to play with someone who is on their own at playtime.
  • Pick up litter and put it in the bin.
  • Clear the table or do the washing up without being asked at home.
  • Leave your pound coin in the locker at swimming next time you go as a nice surprise for the next person who uses it

John F Gilmour

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