Kindness has always played a central part of the community at King’s St Alban’s. This week Years 3, 4 and 5 explored the idea of Kindness as they came together for a thought-provoking assembly led by Mrs Lewis.
Introducing the theme for the assembly, Mrs Lewis read a quotation from the opening page to a book called – Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. “All day long everyone in the whole wide world walks around carrying an invisible bucket. You can’t see it but it’s there”.
Exploring the ideals of the book, pupils were encouraged to think about positive behaviour. Using the concept of an invisible bucket showed children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by ‘filling buckets’. The book goes on to explore how we can fill people’s buckets with the simple things like a friendly smile or a word of thanks. It also looks at how when you fill someone’s bucket up you are also filling your own.
The assembly culminated with a loving kindness meditation, as the pupils sent themselves a loving kindness message in their heads by repeating the following phrases, “May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I have a peaceful heart”. The children then thought about a friend in their class and sent them a loving kindness message, “May you be happy, May you be healthy, May you have a peaceful heart.” We continued to radiate outwards to people we knew less well and lastly the children thought about people who help them within our school community. Our Mindful Ambassadors look forward to sharing copies of the Loving Kindness mediation from their meditation boxes and practicing on a regular basis with their classes.
As we left the Chapel, many of the children were keen to start filling buckets and it was a pleasure to witness lots of lovely smiles and hear positive comments being exchanged between one another.