Following a challenging year, the QEGS community took part in a ’Kindness Month’ challenge during November and December with the support of the ‘Kindness Coach’, Blackburn-born John Magee.
Across the month, pupils and students watched videos from John and took part in lively discussions about what kindness means and how we can embed it more into our daily lives. Pupils in our Primary Phase watched the live videos from John and were delighted to hear several mentions of our school and even specific classes!
Pupils and students in all year groups were also prompted to contribute their ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ that they had seen or done themselves and these were shared each week on social media. Staff and parents were also asked send their acts into kindness@QEGSBlackburn.com, so that we could showcase what a kind community we have here at QEGS.
Heather Southworth, Head of Primary Phase at QEGS, led the 4-week campaign across the school and explained: “This year has been very difficult for many but what has definitely prevailed is a sense of community, resilience and kindness. Our pupils and staff have been so kind to each other and so we were delighted to be asked by John Magee to be one of the first schools to run the campaign in December, and shine a light on kindness across all phases of the school. Our pupils have loved every second of this challenge and the teachers are seeing a noticeable difference in the kindness shown in and out of the classroom.”
“We want this kindness culture to continue into 2021 and beyond, so we will be working further with the Kindness Coach in January for round two of kindness month!”
Pupils and students took part in a questionnaire before and after the 4-week challenge and results of the project will be shared shortly. The project will recommence again in January 2021 and we look forward to welcome John into school to talk to our pupils and students soon.