An Irish School Has Replaced Homework in Acts of Kindness for the Whole Month of December
It is that time of the year when we are all into the Holiday spirit, we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier and cheer a little bit more. In the season of joy, gift-giving, family reunion, we are kinder each to other and help someone to be happier. So, if we can change in one month, then we can change the whole year.
This is how the Irish School encourages students to spread the Christmas joy and think of the real spirit of Christmas.
For the Students of Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Uí Choileáin homework is cancelled. Instead, they have been asked to carry out acts of kindness throughout the month of December, and record these in a unique diary “Dialann Cineáltais”, which every student will fill in daily and then signed by their parents.
For the third year in row suggested acts of kindness will include phoning, visiting or sending a Christmass letter to an elderly relative, friend or neighbour on Mondays, helping their parents around the house in Tuesdays, undertake a random act of kindness and make someones better day on Wednesdays. On Thursdays In favour of promoting mental health by self – care, students are asked to do something that makes them happy and joyful such as reading, listening to music, chatting to a friend or drawing.
Another brilliant idea in order to boost the self-esteem there will be a “Buicéad Cineáltais” (kindness bucket) in school, where children can write kind notes to each other and to which are read out at assembly each Friday.
And in the end they also have a collective project as a class, where they must come up with a unique beneficial idea to the community. This child-led initiative is called “Gníomh Cineáltais Ranga” or “Class Kindness Act.”
Living in this world with a constant pressure by social media, Vice Principal Íde Ní Mhuirí spoke of the idea behind the initiative via a statement on Facebook, saying:
“Our message to the children is very simple: they can be the reason somebody smiles today and they can definitely help make this world a better place for others and for themselves.”