15 October 2021
NGHS is delighted to be one of only five UK schools who have Kindness Amabassador status. Mrs Seys, who leads this work for us, explains more:
Kindness is a value that underpins much of the work that we do at Newport Girls’ High School. Our school aims and ethos point to the significance of kindness and our student ethos and values are based around the concepts of respecting equality, friendship and making a positive contribution. One of the things that makes NGHS such a fantastic community to be part of is in the way that our students actively model these values through their interactions with staff and each other, their commitment to charity work and their involvement in diverse extra-curricular activities such as Rights Respecting Schools, SustaiNGHS and student committees.
Kindness is a quality that is promoted and recognised at NGHS through our behaviour and rewards policies, courtesy housepoints and thankyou Fridays which give staff the chance to nominate and show gratitude to students and colleagues who have made a positive impact on their day. It is lovely to see so many students being acknowledged for this each week.
We believe that kindness is an essential quality that should be valued, and so we are thrilled to share that our commitment to promoting kindness has led to our selection as one of a handful of Be Kind Award ambassador schools. The Be Kind awards are a new national initiative to celebrate kindness, and ambassador schools are acknowledged as going above and beyond in their promotion of compassion. Mrs. Seys, Mrs. Birch and the Lower School Head Girl Team have many exciting plans, such as introducing kindness as a new category in our rewards assemblies and setting up a random acts of kindness noticeboard where students and staff can celebrate and thank each other and can nominate others for kindness awards. We will also be asking all forms in years 7-9 (and older year groups if they wish) to nominate a student as their Be Kind ambassador. The Ambassador Team, led by Aimee J, who is the member of the Lower School Head Girl team with overall responsibility for kindness, will be promoting and running half termly kindness challenges set by the Be Kind awards team, the first of which will take place next week.
We look forward to sharing many positive stories of members of our school community who have modelled kindness in future editions of our weekly newsletter, Newport News.