At One World International School, 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."
Because when children feel happy at school, they feel safe to explore, blossom and reach their fullest potential.
The positive nature of kindness is an essential factor in achieving healthy relationships. And building such relationships is a catalyst for intellectual skills as well as social success.
In an article in Psychology Today, Dr Karyn Hall notes that acts of kindness trigger receptors in the brain that are conducive to a receptive and retentive state of mind. Such altruistic behaviour releases endorphins, giving rise to the effect known as ‘helpers high’. When you realise that concentration and creative ability are also stimulated, the positive effect of kindness in schools becomes evident.