We value kindness as an essential character trait in each and every child here at Lambrook. Above academic achievement, sporting success, musical ability or creative talent, we believe that being kind is one of the most important characteristics to possess, and one which will have the most impact on those around them.
I really enjoyed giving an assembly this week to Year 3 and 4 pupils about the importance of kindness. Describing kindness as a superpower, I challenged them all to undertake an ‘act of kindness’ for someone else in their class that day. The children relished the opportunity to think of others above themselves and quickly set to work to open doors, help each other with work, play together at playtime, or simply give a smile to their classmate in the lunch queue.
Whilst this was a helpful exercise to get them thinking of each other, we are keen for this attribute to become engrained in all that they do, in all areas, every day. From Nursery through to Year 8, we are quick to celebrate kindness when we spot it in our pupils, and our desire is that they are inspired by those who teach and care for them each day.
Being kind is contagious, evidence shows us that kindness in schools directly reduces bullying and disruptive behaviour whilst also helping to increase social and emotional wellbeing. Being kind to others increases self-esteem, a sense of belonging and gives pupils increased peer acceptance. It also helps them to form connections with other people. This in itself, has a strong correlation to increased levels of happiness. Something we would like all of our children to feel!
Whilst not being a scientist myself, there is some science involved in being kind too; kindness increases the levels of serotonin in our body. Serotonin enhances positivity and mood and helps children feel good about themselves. This vitally important chemical affects learning, memory, mood, sleep, health, and digestion. As we all know, children with a positive outlook have greater attention spans, are more willing to learn, and are better creative thinkers. Who wouldn’t want their children to have an increase in all of these things!
As Bear Grylls said in a recent interview for TES: “When picking teams [for TV shows], I put kindness above all else. As the quote goes: “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”
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