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WEEK 8 - Friday 5 November 2021

The importance of kindness

“If everyone did one random act of kindness each day, we might just change the world” BulliesOut, UK anti-bullying charity.

Next week the focus of my Year 11 Assembly is ‘Kindness’ and reflecting on the importance of kindness, not only towards others but also on ourselves. Hopefully by the end of the assembly recognising that even the smallest amount of kindness can go a long way!

Watching the daily news or reading the papers it is very easy to become downhearted and feel overwhelmed by the levels of negativity and unhappiness across the globe, and now more than ever it seems appropriate that we take every opportunity possible to make another person smile.

A simple act of kindness can have such an effect.

And the best bit...Being kind is for everyone! That feeling you get when you see the impact of kindness can improve your whole day and hopefully inspire others to ‘pay it forward’ and do the same for others.

So, what are random acts of kindness?

Listed below are a handful of examples of acts of kindness that could make a difference to someone:

  1. Pay someone a compliment
  2. Smile at someone
  3. Send a message to a friend you know is struggling
  4. Do something nice for someone you may not know very well (hold a door open, get in touch, ask how they are)
  5. Help someone with their work/revision
  6. Tell someone who you admire, why you admire them
  7. Thank someone

Whilst being kind to others is important, so is remembering to be kind to yourself as well. With social media playing such a large part in our lives understanding what self-kindness means is imperative. Don't judge yourself harshly, don't hold yourself to impossibly high standards and stop comparing yourself to others for making a mistake, or not being good enough.

Being kind is not just something we can do in the ‘real’ world, it also relates to our online behaviour too. Explaining the importance of thinking before they type and not involving themselves in potentially long lasting and hugely damaging online negativity.

So, be kind, being kind really does matter.

If you are concerned and would like to speak to me, please do not hesitate to contact me: hoyyear11@hessleacademy.com

Take care and stay safe

Mr Julian

Head of Year 11

Mrs Lacey

Assistant Head of Year 11