As the children left school on Friday, whilst they were chatting away to their friends and saying bye to their teachers for the weekend, it was obvious how tired they all are. We have one week left of the first autumn term and everyone in school is exhausted after seven weeks of learning new routines and getting back into full time learning against the back drop of coronavirus. In our final week of school it is more important than ever that we are kind to each other.
We celebrated World Mental Health Week in school, and it’s at times like the present, when the world is upside down, that it's particularly important that we recognise that being kind can turn things around in so many ways. Kindness creates a sense of community and hope. Being kind provides support to others and makes us recognise that we are not alone. Kindness not only helps others but boosts our own mental health. Helping others and sharing a kind thought or deed can lift the darkest of moods. We must also remember to be kind to ourselves and recognise that we need to take time to watch a favourite film, read a book, bake a cake or go for an autumn walk.
The children have all been learning about how now, more than ever: kindness matters. In our bubbles we have all been making paper chain links with a kindness word or action written on. Each class has connected their links to make a class chain. Mrs Pearson and Mrs Howard have joined all the class chains together into one extremely long kindness chain. The chain runs completely around the whole school to symbolise that we are all still connected in school even though we may not be seeing each other at the minute.
When the children came into school on Friday, it was very moving to see them reading the kindness words and actions on the chain nearest to their bubble. I have watched as they took the time to say kind words to their friends as well as help each other across the school day. They set a good example to us all.
The current pandemic is difficult for us all, as individuals and as a community. However, it does provide us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to reset and rethink what we want our community to be like. I believe we should follow the examples set by the children and always make sure we show kindness. Let’s start this week with the Harvest Festival collection for the Salvation Army foodbank that is being led by Years 1 and 2. They have made a wonderful Harvest Celebration video to share on Class Dojo. Please send your child with a donation of food by Thursday so we can work with the Salvation Army to feed local families. Let’s pull together in one collective act of kindness and show what an amazing school community we have!