In fact, kindness is the most critical element among a whole gamut of personal, emotional and social ingredients that we add to our scholastic mix. What we demonstrate and how we teach kindness equips our children to excel, not merely succeed – in all their life roles, not just in their careers.
"Kindness is at the core of everything we do at OWIS. In Early Childhood, we work with our children to model and explain kindness and to celebrate acts of kindness. Teachers are kind to children and to each other. Our Grade 5 Kindness Leaders come to support the younger children on the playground, again modelling kindness. We have found that a consistently positive and kind approach, where we truly value and embody kindness, has enabled the children to really understand its value. Our children strive to be kind people in everything they do."
Inside the school, you’ll find Kindness Trees made up of students’ handprints. Children are nominated by fellow students or teachers for demonstrating acts of kindness and they then contribute their handprints as leaves on their Kindness Tree – you can find out more in this article on how OWIS fosters kindness.
OWIS emphasises a global community and a comprehensive approach to education. We have over 70 nationalities here, and the ability for everyone to work collaboratively to develop a new understanding based on diverse and opposing points of view is of paramount importance. Being able to relate harmoniously to teachers and peers (and parents) is a necessity. Compassion and kindness are core values. And that’s why we’ve evolved our student council into The Kindness Council. Students serving on this council embody the values of kindness and promote this throughout the school.