Monday, 20 January 2014 07:06


Year 6 pupils deliver their presentation Year 6 pupils deliver their presentation

Year 6 students have inspired ASPIRE to be more kind after hosting an assembly on random acts of kindness.

The pupils opened Friday’s presentation by talking about New Year’s resolutions and how it’s the perfect time to make a change.

They went on discuss random acts of kindness, or RAoC for short, and how something simple can make a difference.

To illustrate, the students told their audience about Danny Wallace, a British writer and producer who placed an advert in a London newspaper in 2002 simply saying ‘join me’.

With no more information, the newspaper’s readers were asked to send Wallace a passport photograph.

Surprisingly, hundreds of people became ‘joinees’ and the Karma Army was born - people committed to performing one act of kindness a week.

Wallace set up a website, which is still active, to blog and document some of the acts ...

Sharon Hadjiyiakoumi, Principal of ASPIRE, also took the time to go through ideas of random acts of kindness that students could perform before giving a recent, touching example.

She told children the story of Lee Ballantyne, a grieving widower who paid for a young couple’s dinner earlier this month (January) before sending them a note explaining his gesture.

The note, scrawled on a napkin, read: “You don’t know me, but my beautiful wife of 43 years died last week.

“Tonight I dined alone for the first time. You remind me of us many years ago. Please allow me to buy your dinner. It will put a smile on Carol’s face and make me happy ... for now.”