For a second year in a row, Whitgift staff and students arrived on-site in splashes of yellow to support the #HelloYellow campaign, aimed at raising awareness and money for the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young peoples’ mental health, Young Minds.
This year’s campaign focussed on kindness, both to one another and to oneself. The entire Whitgift community engaged in ‘Disconnect to Reconnect’. The aim was to spend the whole day ‘mobile phone free’, while making the most of the opportunities to look up and out, experiencing fully the joys of being kind to one another, of sharing in friendship, and of being kind to ourselves by removing some of the usual daily stresses of online life.
The morning began with the thought-provoking viewing of a kindness video featuring members of the whole school community. Here are some of the responses to "What is Kindness?":
- "Kindness is compassion without obligation. It is showing people you care about them without any intention for personal gain, but rather to share happiness and selflessness to those around you."
- "Kindness is about bringing people on a journey with you."
- "When I think of kindness, I think that you should do what is morally right even when someone isn't there to witness it all."
- "Kindness is a way of life where we help all people, even if we don't know what they're going through, because it could be much harder than what we're going through.
Other in-school activities included a fun-filled photo booth set up in the Junior School Foyer, which had both pupils and staff queuing all through break and lunch (socially distanced!), with their own props in hand, ready to have their photo taken.
Students and staff also took the opportunity to visit the ‘Kindness Tree’ in their year group zone, with thoughts on what Kindness means to them.
To support the ongoing wellbeing of all staff and pupils, Whitgift now has around 30 Mental Health First Aiders who can be identified by their yellow lanyards and are happy to be approached at any time for an informal or formal chat.
A JustGiving page was set up for donations and at the time of publishing over £2000 has been raised, doubling the figure achieved in 2019. If you would like to contribute please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/whitgiftschool