From Peter Reynold’s book, “The Dot”, International Dot Day has spring. This is a day where people are encouraged to be creative.
We read the book, then we made pictures inspired by “The Dot”.
This week our Character Strength focus is “Love”.
Love can be defined in four different ways…..
Attachment love: parent for child; child for parent
Compassionate/altruistic love: kindness
Companionate love: friendship, and
Romantic love: spouse/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend
The Giving Tree is one of my favourite books. It contains important messages about love.
Here are some love quotes.
When you think of love – who do you think of?
We all love music and research has shown that listening to and participating in music enhances our wellbeing.
On Monday morning the grade 1-3 students were lucky to participate in a performance by “Zeeko” from Musica Viva. Musica Viva provide high quality musical education for students and it was a pleasure for us to engage in this live, interactive performance.
We learnt about a variety of musical instruments including bottles and a conch shell.
We all enjoyed the performance very much!
At Barwon Heads PS Kindness means
“I do and say things to make others happy”
Some reasons for being kind…….
Being kind feels good. Doing something for someone else really does make us feel good. Make someone smile and you’ll feel better for having done so.
Kindness broadens our perspective and gives us positive emotions. In order to be kind, we have to pay attention to what is happening around us. As we notice more things and help others, we get a glimpse of other ways of looking at things. A broader perspective helps us to be happier and to keep things in context.
Kindness softens our heart. When we look for kind deeds, beauty, and the opportunity for kindness, we’ll find that we are more compassionate and more tolerant. As we practice empathy, it opens our heart to others.
Kindness brightens our world. When we are kind to people, it makes them happy. The more people who experience kindness from us, the more happy people will be in our lives. When those around us are happier, our world becomes a brighter, lighter place to live.
Kindness helps people feel respected and less alone. By recognizing someone’s need for help and acting on it in a compassionate manner, it makes the recipient feel valued. It also makes the giver feel better about themselves and more connected.
Kindness makes people want to be around us. One of the most common responses to kindness is gratitude. People appreciate what we’ve done for them. Our kindness is very attractive, so they want to be around us and actually seek us out.
Kindness bears wonderful fruit. Kindness begets kindness, openness, health and reduces the effects of stress on our bodies and our hearts
Kindness begets kindness. When you are kind to others, the impact of your action doesn’t stop there. There are a couple of sayings, “What goes around comes around”, and ” A simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple.” Many times the recipient of your kindness and others who see or hear about your kindness are inspired to be kinder. The ripples of kindness are truly endless.
Student examples of acts of kindness
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
When did you show kindness to someone else?