28th June, 2016. It all started with putting up the “Tree of Kindness” in the foyer of Metta School. This totally green effort of recycling scrap materials to make a three-dimensional tree allowed Metta staff to stick fruity coloured “Post-it” pads with words of thanks to those who have touched their lives in one way or other. This initiative triggered the way for a string of activities that define the Metta Kindness Movement Week spanning 11th July to 15th July. The learning objective is to promote kindness within the school and beyond. The pre-activities for both morning and afternoon sessions include:
- Teachers captured random acts of kindness shown by pupils in class and school through photos and videos.
- Pupils wrote and shared their own experiences of receiving kindness and paying it forward as part of the “Kindness and Me Activity”.
The lineup of the activities went even a notch higher with the coming of the main event. The Singapore Kindness Movement, a professional theatre group, was invited to put up a skit on “Kindness towards neighbours” during the morning assembly. The many hilarious but relevant situations depicted by the performers generate roars of laughter in the assembly hall. Amid participating in the interactive component of the skit, our pupils were apprised to the finer points of mingling and showing kindness to those staying in their heartland housing blocks.
In the day that followed, another engaging talk on “Kindness towards animals” was given by Ms Joanne Ng. Pupils murmured amorously over videos of cute animals groomed by the caregivers’ tender loving hands but when scenes of animal cruelty were shown, the repulsive look on their young faces just couldn’t be ignored. Realistically, not all of them would be able to feel the pain of the suffering animals but knowing that they were able to feel sorry is assuring enough.
At the end of the Kindness Movement Week, after much class discussion and reflection during the CCE (Character and Citizenship Education) lessons, all pictures and videos capturing random acts of kindness by our Metta pupils were presented during the pre-assembly timeslot. Though the unedited clips, we were once again inspirited by the unique calibre of our Metta pupils:
THEY ARE NOT JUST ONE OF A KIND.
THEY ARE ALSO VERY KIND.
By Philip Lau