GEMS Wellington School-Qatar celebrated ‘Kindness Week’ with five days of diverse activities and community events, engaging students in environmental and social activities, educating them through practice on best attitude towards their community, peers, animals, family and environment. The event also served as an opportunity for participants to leave the world a better place and inspire others to do the same.
Speaking on the initiative, Vice Principal Caz Jude said they believe in instilling the core values of global citizenship, and ‘Kindness Week’ is a good opportunity to showcase these values.
We believe experiences like these will help our students grow and be more responsible towards their community, animals and environment.’
Some of the key activities undertaken by the school during the week included: a Beach Clean-Up Campaign and Year 2 students writing Thank You Letters to the school cleaners and security staff and thanking them for their hard work in keeping the school clean and safe.
Students also learned of the importance of showing kindness to each other and of the importance of empathy and tolerance. Students in Year 4 visited Qatar Animal Welfare Society and learned how to care for cats and dogs. Students were also given time to think about their behaviour at home and how to value and show respect to their own families. They wrote thank you notes to show their appreciation and gratitude for everything that their families have done for them.
A group of Key Stage 3 students embarked on their first overseas community project expedition to Kenya. The students spent time working within the local community on projects established by Camps International. They worked with local land owners, deworming their livestock to keep it free from disease. The students also worked on an elephant deterrent fence to protect local farmers from elephants.
The students also help out at a community-based project at Murungu Hills Primary School. The students helped repair the school corridors and built a ramp for one of the classrooms. They even had time to teach English lessons and play games with local children!
Kindness Week is one of the many activities organised by GEMS Wellington School. These activities are a major part of enhancing the students’ personalities to open up their horizons to the real world.
For more information about the school, visit their website at gemswellingtonschool-qatar.com.