Kindness is an important part of the programs at Flinders and is a value that forms the foundation of behavioural and social learning. We see kindness as an invaluable aspect of humanity, and as an essential part of effective community engagement. In role modelling and teaching kindness, we hope to help educate a generation of children who engage in radical kindness, who are empathetic and considerate.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
The 14th Dalai Lama
Part of our approach to teaching kindness is recognising spontaneous acts of kindness. In keeping with this, we would like to acknowledge the kindness we have experienced within the Flinders community over the past couple of weeks. Thank you to those in our community who have;
- brought us essential and difficult to get items such as nappy wipes, disinfectant, toilet paper and hand sanitiser
- emailed us beautiful, considerate and respectful words in response to our communications
- written cards and notes of thanks
- delivered flowers, chocolates and other delights to brighten our day
- demonstrated empathy and understanding as we attempt to navigate the new territory of education and care at Flinders in the time of COVID-19
- made us laugh and cry with stories and moments of joy from home
Experiencing these kind acts shows us that the vision of a generation of children who are radically kind is not a dream, but an emerging reality. Kindness grows from kindness, and these children, your children, are experiencing it in spades in their homes and communities.
We thank you for your kindness. It means so much.