Spreading Kindness at Westerhope Primary School...
Wow! A BIG thank you to everyone who took part in the 52 Lives Easter kindness competition.
It was so lovely to hear about the different kindness activities that you took part in!
I always feel so proud when I see your photographs, read your messages, and when I receive little messages from Greig and Jaime at 52 Lives congratulating our little learners!
After completing the Easter Kindness Challenge, one of our incredibly kind Year 3 pupils said this to her mum:
"Thank you for helping me with the kindness challenge, your heart is pure."
Well done to one of our kind hearted learners for being awarded their purple kindness badge by 52 Lives - awarded for showing so much kindness! What a wonderful achievement!
We are so proud of you!
We are all back together again - yay!
I just wanted to share a little of what our lovely Reception learners have done this week to 'be kind to ourselves'...
We have smiled, played, danced, explored, talked, laughed and used this wonderful recipe below to ease our lovely little learners back in to Reception life...
Self-kindness is important for our wellbeing. We spend more time with ourselves than anyone else and how we relate to ourselves has a huge impact on how we feel.
With this in mind, Year 3 have had a self kindness morning with thanks to Greig from 52 Lives School of Kindness...
Thank you so much to those who took part in the half-term kindness challenge! So many amazing entries - our fingers are crossed!
I'll be sure to post any good news!
Has your lovely little one watched Mrs Russell's Seesaw post about the exciting entrepreneurial opportunity to 'make a difference'?
You are invited to make a difference by spreading kindness with 52Lives'new Kindness Grant...
Please visit the Seesaw post for more details...the link to 52Lives to submit your ideas is below...Keep in touch and good luck!
Kindness improves our physical and mental health so this fantastic half term challenge invitation set by 52Lives is a super way to feel positive and encourage a happy heart through the wonderful kindness activities.
We have posted out a letter to you with all the details and website links. Here is a copy of the letter below:
Mrs Hay's weekly kindness challenges coming after half term...
A little sneaky peep at our new kindness display- We hope it brings a warm, kind welcome to those who pass by it. We can't wait for all of our busy little learners to be back and to get posting their acts of kindness in our fancy new post box!
We look forward to all being back together again soon.
Our very own Westerhope kind fairies have been very busy spreading kindness by making beautiful hand-made Christmas cards Each card will be delivered to a person in need of extra kindness this Christmas by the lovely 52 Lives charity.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
A personal thank you video message was sent through to us from Jaime and Greig at 52 Lives to say a huge thank you for all the support Westerhope children, families and staff showed to 52 Lives charity on World Kindness Day What a fantastic day it was celebrating the power of kindness!
The day (including money raised through the 52 Kindness challenge taken on by some children) raised hundreds of pounds!! WOW!! 100% of the money raised goes to people and families in need of support this Christmas. For example, 52 Lives plan to buy Christmas presents for people who wouldn't normally receive any, buy bedding for families who are struggling and spread kindness to children who have been affected by bullying.
thank you, thank you, thank you!
Secret Buddy Week!
It's our Secret Buddy Week this week in Westerhope and we are excited to share a week of friendship fun! We will be learning and exploring all about friendships and the magic of kindness this week.
Our teachers and grown ups in class always tell us how proud they are of us and that we are all wonderful, kind-hearted friends already but this week we will be shining even brighter than usual!
It was a fantastic morning in lower key stage today as we had the privilege of spending time (virtually!) with the incredible Greig and Jaime at 52 Lives again. We are so grateful for Greig and Jaime's time and we can't thank them enough - They definitely bring a kindness bounce in our steps after every session!
So to help spread kindness this week, our lovely kind-hearted Year 3 learners created beautiful pictures, cards and messages for two brothers and a sister who are in need in kindness..This wonderful bundle of kindness is in the post to the wonderful 52 Lives charity Sent with oodles of Westerhope love.
What a fantastic start to our World Kindness Day - we were honoured to join School of Kindness Director, Greig, from 52 Lives as he launched WKD to us and fellow '52 Lives Kind Schools'.
The children were thrilled to (virtually!) meet Greig and learn all about the importance of kindness, including the benefits of being kind on our mind and body.
Can you tell your grown up a kindness fact you learned from listening to Greig?
The day we have been waiting for has arrived...
World Kindness Day!!
Celebrating it with the inspirational 52 Lives charity to raise awareness and support of this incredible charity who help so many people in need of kindness.
We can't thank you enough for wearing purple and green and making a donation towards this special charity who help so many people in need of kindness. Your support really does make a difference (and I bet you feel so lovely and kind in the process too!)
What an incredible atmosphere in school today! We are BURSTING with KINDNESS here at Westerhope Primary School...more photographs to follow (the day is still going strong with kindness in school!)
World Kindness Day count down...!
We are super excited here at Westerhope Primary School for World Kindness Day this Friday!
Our aim of the day is to empower our children through Kindness!
We have a fun packed day planned in school...here are just some examples of the lovely activities our children will take part in:
Design a logo for World Kindness Day
Read lots of poems about being kind, including writing a kindness poem
Use Talk for Writing to write a story about kindness
(our Year 4's have already started a Talk For Writing inspired Kind story- Can't wait to see more!)
Create a play called 'Kindness Club'
Yoga and mindfulness
outdoor sensory inspired mindfulness
and lots more!
More exciting news!!
We are so privileged to be invited to be part of a live webinar with the CEO and founder of 52 Lives, Jaime Thurston, along with Greig Trout, director of Kindness at 52 Lives, followed by a live Q&A session with Jaime and Greig and our Year 5 learners!
What a day this will be - we can't wait to share and celebrate this kindness inspired day with you.
This World Kindness Day we are proudly supporting the 52 Lives charity.
Wear purple or green and donate £1 to help spread kindness and change lives.
Please text KindnessDay with the amount you wish to donate to 70085 so for example, KindnessDay 1 (for a donation of £1)
Please note: unfortunately due to covid safety, no money can be accepted in school.
52 Kindness Challenge for 52 Lives is still going strong!
It's not too late to take part in the 52 Kindness challenge to raise money for 52 Lives charity.
What is the 52 Lives challenge?
Children are invited to take part in a sponsored activity of their choice with a ‘52’ theme…it could be doing 52 acts of kindness, giving 52 compliments, 52 keepy-ups, 52 laps of your garden, baking 52 cupcakes…or anything you can think of!
How do I organise sponsorship/fundraising?
For more details on setting up a fundraising page please visit https://www.52-lives.org/disclaimer
Here are some of our incredible kind-hearted learners who have taken on the 52 Kindness challenge! We are so PROUD of you all! The biggest well done to you!
Special achievements for a special charity
Here are two of our lovely kind learners who picked up 52 pieces of litter in their neighbourhood - incredible!
52 Basket ball hoops were netted by our lovely kind learner! Wow! What an athlete!
52 socks were tie-dyed by our lovely kind learner! So creative!
Our lovely kind learner carried out 52 acts of kindness! So caring!
Our lovely kind learner baked 52 gingerbread men! What a star baker!
Our lovely kind learner ran 52 lengths of his grandma's street! Super energetic!
...and that's exactly what these thoughtful learners did!
Your home community are very lucky to have you near by to offer kindness in these ways - well done boys!
A donation to a local food bank during half term to those in need of help.
Day one of half term (Happy Monday!) and I've just received a message from 52 Lives to say lots of fundraising pages have been opened up already for the 52 Lives inspired 52 challenge we set for half term homework as part of the preparations for World Kindness Day - Incredible!
I just wanted to say...
From, Mrs Hay
Look at this wonderful smile from Cameron after receiving a bundle of pictures and inspirational messages from our kind Year 5 pupils.
Cameron is a young boy, who is blind with complex learning needs. His mum was so touched by our kindness
We are delighted to be an official ‘Kind School’
Thank you to 52 Lives in awarding us the most loveliest of titles!
We are very proud here at Westerhope Primary School to be a part of spreading kindness in many ways through our lessons and kindness workshops. The children really enjoy learning about the importance of kindness in the world, and especially love creating their unique messages, drawings and creations for someone in need.
Please select the link below for further information:
(Taken from 52Lives website):
Being kind is the best thing you can be – so we’ve created a Kindness Club just for kids. And we’d love you to join! It’s fun, it’s free and (best of all) it helps to create a kinder world.
As a Member of the Kindness Club you will receive a special email newsletter every single week, which includes:
For more details visit: https://schoolofkindness.org/kids-kindness-club-old
I would love to know if you join and the lovely kindness activities you get up to – keep me updated.
Making a difference…Our charity of the year!
We are always exploring ways to make a difference in our school, the community and the wider world…and this year our chosen school charity of the year is...
52 Lives Charity!
Our children are all super kind-hearted so we can’t wait to share the wonderful ideas we have in store on our continued journey in making a difference to ourselves and others.
Our pupils have selected the Newcastle Dog and Cat shelter as our chosen charity to support this year. We have been visited by Beth and Bobby from the shelter as part of our ‘Making a Difference’ work. Beth told us how the charity works and about the different animals they care for. Did you know it costs £188 every year to heat just one shelter for a homeless dog? Our aim is to provide this for dogs like Bobby. Across the coming months we will inform you of how we aim to achieve this goal.
Charity of the Year 2018/2019
During 2018/19 at Westerhope, our chosen charity was North East Hearts with Goals (www.nehwg.co.uk)
Over the course of the school year we ran a series of different events in order to raise enough money to buy a defibrillator. We eventually achieved our goal and believe this is an excellent investment for the whole school community.
Why a defibrillator?
Sudden cardiac arrest kills approximately 100,000 people a year and in the UK, 15 young people a week die from an undiagnosed heart condition.
What is a defibrillator?
A defibrillator is a device that can read the electrical output from a persons’ heart. The device can assess whether a shock should be administered to the patient and will shock a patient to potentially save their life. A defibrillator will never shock a patient that does not need it.
You can find out more about the charity and how many live have already been saved on their website.