We are all Kindness Champions!
Guest blog by Emma Gold – Arts Coordinator and Year 2 teacher at St Stephen’s Infant School – on the impact of People United’s Arts & Kindness week.
St. Stephen’s Infant School is a vibrant three form entry school in the cathedral city of Canterbury. We are a school with a family feel and believe that each child is unique. Our motto ‘Together We Shine’ was created by our children and reinforces our focus of teaching and learning as a team. We teach our children our school values and through work and play we create a sense of well-being and resilience.
We approached People United and expressed a desire to carry out an ‘Arts and Kindness Week’. From the initial discussion through to implementation the support we received was seamless and positive. A planning meeting enabled us to express our vision and share what we hoped could be achieved.
Our children range in age from 4 to 7…so the week needed to engage and inspire the youngest and oldest children in our school. What more could you want than a Monday morning visitor measuring the school grounds, searching for treasure and listening for sounds? Steampunk Bob had the children’s attention from the second he entered the playground to the moment he left. Children followed him around, asked him questions, welcomed him, and spoke in hushed tones about the man with the funny hats.
At various points throughout the week I walked through the school and smiled; the children with Bob were smiling, the children in their classrooms where laughing, the children on the playground were playing team games, the children in the corridors were holding open doors (and showing off their best moves on Dance Spots!) Within the first few hours of that Monday our ‘Arts & Kindness Week’ was successful. We were ‘off curriculum’ but the learning was rich, valuable, motivating and meaningful.
Steampunk Bob brought our school together for a week. He reinforced our already existing motto. He highlighted and incorporated our school values. He shared and admired. He inspired and motivated. Bob reminded us that everyone is a Kindness Champion.