Kindness goes a long way for youngsters

The Bolton News: Carrying out their acts of kindness are, from left, James Parkinson, aged six, Gabriela Clarke, aged five, Ella Burton, aged 11, Harrison Brookes, aged nine, Riley Taylor, aged eight, Tayne Chadwick, aged nine, Phoebe Bird, aged seven, Zara Iqbal, aged 10 Carrying out their acts of kindness are, from left, James Parkinson, aged six, Gabriela Clarke, aged five, Ella Burton, aged 11, Harrison Brookes, aged nine, Riley Taylor, aged eight, Tayne Chadwick, aged nine, Phoebe Bird, aged seven, Zara Iqbal, aged 10

PEOPLE could learn a lesson or two from these kind-hearted youngsters when it comes to celebrating the season of goodwill to all men.

Claypool Primary School in Horwich staged a Random Act of Kindness Week before the Christmas holidays.

Everyone in school, children and staff, did something kind for someone else.

The school says helping children devel-op personal qualities, such as kindness, alongside academic skills is important for their growth.

And every year group came up with ideas of how they could show kindness to someone else.

Year One made gingerbread reindeers for a friend; Year Two wrote cards to a child in the class highlighting all their good qualities, while Year Three made Christmas cards for everyone and held an angel day, where each child picked a name out of a hat and secretly did kind things for them all day.

Year Four children held a cake sale to raise money for breast cancer research; Years Five and Six decorated the fences and trees outdoors with snowflakes and baubles, with Year Six also made gifts for children in the foundation class.

Children in Years Four, Five and Six visited a poorly member of staff to sing Christmas carols to her.

Staff and youngsters also took part in many other acts of kindness.

Headteacher Amanda Hulme said: “As a school we all say the quote ‘Be kind whenever possible – it is always possible’ (Dalai Lama).

“I heard it said by Mr Porteous, the head-teacher at Turton High School when I went to visit and I thought that would fit perfectly at our school too.”

She added: “Of course it’s important for our children to learn basic skills in literacy and numeracy, but kindness is a key skill for life and we all benefit from kindness.”

And pupils gave kindness the thumbs up as they put it into practice.

Year Five pupil Jacob Stevenson said: “We think the week is a really good idea as it makes you think more about being kind to others and it has made us feel really happy inside.”

Jacob Elo, also in Year Five, added: “It’s something we want to continue with during the year.”

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