Today we celebrate World Kindness Day, taking the time to remind ourselves of the profoundly positive impact that our actions can have on others. This coincides with Anti-Bullying Week, where our students will spend this week discussing the issue and raising awareness.

The Carnegie Trust have published their paper this year on the "Practice of Kindness Project", co-written by the eldest son of Mr. Thurman, History teacher and Housemaster of St Dunstan's. This project looks to promote the discussion of kindness and the value it holds in organisations and institutions. 

"This report is based on our work in Scotland, but has relevance to a wider audience across the UK, and further afield. Over the course of this work, we have been contacted by people from academia, politics, local government and civil society across the UK, and internationally. Collectively, the Trust and its partners in KIN and North Ayrshire have spoken to thousands of people at events and conferences, covering topics from health and social care to community regeneration, architecture and planning to education, management and leadership to community justice.
We believe that there is a growing movement of people, that cuts across sectors and geography, who recognise the fundamental importance of human relationships. And we hope that the learning in this report will be relevant to all those who are committed to thinking through the challenges of enabling kindness in communities and organisations". 

You can find the full report attached below and learn more about the incredible work that the Carnegie Trust is doing to promote such a powerful message. 

The concept of kindness also coincides with the themes being discussed at the College this week during Anti-Bullying week. Year 9 will have a peer support workshop led by our school counsellors and a member of staff and Year 13 will speak in whole school assembly.

Deputy Head Pastoral and Wellbeing, Mr Mutton, commented on the significance of Anti-Bullying Week;

"At Ampleforth, we recognise the value of discussing and raising awareness of such an important issue. Much like the discussions we have during Mental Health Awareness Day, Anti-Bullying Week gives us the chance to remind ourselves of the value of kindness, compassion and respect for everyone we live and work with"

If you would like to learn more about the opportunities available to our students and gain a glimpse of what life is like here at Ampleforth College, why not come along to our next Open Morning on March 7th 2020? Please click here to book your place. We hope to see you soon!