Adrian Bethune of Teachappy has described fantastic work on kindness at John Stainer primary school in London. Kindness is a super-power, children were told.
One class decided to undertake random acts of kindness out in the community. They atttached post-it notes to the free newspapers that people pick up from piles at tube stations , with a message of kindness and the school’s email address. People emailed back: " Today as I left Brockley train station, one of the students from John Stainer primary school handed me a newspaper with a note on the front that said 'If you want to feel good, do good'. It really made me happy and brightened up my day".
Another said: "The past days were not easy for me and I had a horrible morning today. But on my way to work I picked up a Metro that was left behind. The little sentence 'Do all things with love' on the paper really made my day". Meanwhile, two Year 5 classes decided to sing "Don't Stop Believing" to commuters, which clearly left a number of them very moved and inspired. One passer-by said: "I just wanted to drop a note to say that I was moved to tears yesterday by the beautiful singing from your pupils - and staff! It was just so heartbreakingly amazing. As a mother of a mixed race son it was just so beautiful to see all the students standing there together in harmony. Whatever you are doing, keep doing it. If this is the future my son would have at a local primary I would be so proud and happy".
Teachers were able to show pupils how far their messages had travelled – ‘look, your small act of kindness started in South West London has rippled out all the way to the other end of the Hammersmith and City line’.
Another act of kindness was a whole-school art project sent to local care homes, with art work to brighten residents’ rooms during lockdown, and a message ‘we are thinking about you’. The care home sent back photos of residents opening and holding up the children’s pictures.