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From the desk of the Head Master 15 February 2018

This week has been Random Acts of Kindness Week and in assembly boys were encouraged to seek out opportunities to reach out to people around them with small acts of kindness and generosity.

Such actions create stronger connections between us, encourage a sense of well-being in both the giver and the receiver, they also inspire others to be kind, thus creating a ripple effect and, ultimately, renewing our faith in humanity.

As Reverend Hewitt, our Wellbeing Coach, reminded staff this morning:
A simple act of kindness releases chemicals in your brain (oxytocin & serotonin) which may help lower blood pressure, promote healing and make you feel happier.  Perpetually kind people demonstrate significantly lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in their system than average.  Other studies have shown that people who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains and have an above average life expectancy. 

A Harvard Business School study showed that people who are altruistic consistently report high levels of personal happiness:

It was serendipitous, although very unfortunate, to arrive back to my desk after assembly and find an email from another member of staff who had slipped over on ice, whilst coming to school that morning. Two of our boys had immediately stopped, helped her up and checked she was okay. They are good boys!

I feel that half-term has been a long time coming - and I suspect your sons do as well. I hope very much that they enjoy it.