How a Lent Act of Kindness Brightened up a School Community
Mini missions for Lent have been taking place in primary schools and homes across the diocese. These little daily acts are based around the NHS five ways to wellbeing and have been developed by the education team specifically for church schools. Follow us on Twitter @llandaffed to see what #minimissions our schools have been taking part in. You can also find further information on our website.
Scarlett Hendy, a year 5 pupil at Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School, has taken one of the mini missions a step further. She decided that she wanted to spread happiness throughout her community in a very special way. Let's hear from her...
My name is Scarlett Hendy I am a year 5 pupil at Alderman Davies Church in Wales school. Learning about Lent this year has been very different because we haven't been able to go into our church to celebrate like we would normally, so when we got given the mini missions during home schooling I couldn't wait to take part! I knew straight away what I wanted to do , and that was to "give to others". I used my pocket money to buy as many bunches of daffodils that I could and put tags on them with a little note " kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give "
I placed them about my town, at our rectors front door, and on my teachers cars. I wanted to make people smile and feel happy. It was my teachers first week back properly at school too so I wanted to show thanks to my teachers. It's been an odd time during this pandemic so I just wanted to spread a bit of happiness.
said “I was so delighted that one of our pupils had taken the time to greet me and give me the flowers with a huge smile on her face that I was overwhelmed. I wanted to give her a little cwtch which was frustrating as I couldn't! She could tell I was delighted by her small, but huge gesture of kindness. I shared the pics with my family far and wide over my social media and explained the significance of #LentMiniMissions to them.”Mrs Phillips Head teacher of Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary school
Reverend Linda received a special bunch on the step of Rectory. Staff at Alderman Davies also left school to find beautiful gifts of kindness left on their cars.
Thank you so much for your kindness Scarlett. These beautiful flowers waiting for me, was the perfect end to a lovely day.
On of the teachers Miss Yorkshades shared Scarlett’s mini mission on Twitter where it received over 6000 likes and 300 retweets so the message of kindness has certainly been shared widely.
The impact that her thoughtful mini mission had on the community is clear and As Scarlett says “ kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give ".