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No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted

21st October 2019

At Wychwood we have something called simply ‘The Book’. Into this book are written the names of girls who have distinguished themselves during the school year by doing unbidden acts of kindness. Staff will write down the name of a girl, the act of kindness done and often she will be completely unaware that her name has been added, until it is read out in the assembly hall. By doing this we are keen to make clear that no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. In fact it’s precisely those acts that create the sort of school and community in which we can all flourish.

This week is Celebration Day, one of the high spots on the school calendar. It is a time to celebrate the achievements of those girls who have taken external examinations, to hear about the many and varied activities in which the girls have participated and there will be the presentation of awards. We will also hear the names read from ‘The Book’ and there will be the presentation of Ms Crawford’s ‘good egg’ cup. The term ‘good egg’ is not much used these days and so Ms Crawford usually explains to the girls that it is a friendly, old fashioned way to talk about a good or kind person. The cup is then awarded to a pupil that the staff collectively recognises has been a ‘good egg’ during the year. It’s one way we try to acknowledge and encourage the best of human virtues – kindness.

Mrs Crossley