Change Your Mind, Choose Kind: From our 2024 Bayview Junior School Captains

Taylor D and Archie K | Grammar News | 23 February 2024

For those of you who don’t know us, we are Taylor and Archie and we are very excited to be the Bayview Junior School Captains for 2024.

Today we would like to share with the St Luke’s Grammar School Community our Kindness Campaign, which has our Bayview Campus singing the jingle, ‘Change Your Mind, Choose Kind.’

 The focus this term for our whole School is from our Restoration Domain; Kindness. Here at Bayview, we have taken Kindness on board wholeheartedly in our classrooms but also in our weekly segments in Assembly. We have been talking to different Grades about how they can change their mind, and choose kind in tricky situations. Choosing to be kind is to interact with others with patience and show generosity by being helpful and friendly towards each other. To us, that looks like choosing to speak kindly, choosing to help others and even choosing to stop and walk away to calm down before responding. It also means stepping into another person’s perspective and seeing whether I would like to be treated that way in that situation.

How do you choose kind?

Each week we have had a different focus in the ‘Change Your Mind, Choose Kind’ campaign. For the last few weeks we have been focusing on:

  • Stop, Think, Choose Kind: It is important to have a moment to stop and think when you’re in a tricky situation; things like waiting in line at the Canteen, taking turns when playing or when things don’t go the way you thought they would. It is important that we stop and think before we act so that we can make an intentional choice to choose kind. It is a choice to be kind, we need to make that extra effort especially when our guard dog could be getting agitated.
  • In Their Shoes: Being in someone else’s shoes means we are thinking about how our actions and words have an impact on someone else. You never know what someone else is going through and how the way you talk to them could make them feel valued or upset.
  • Spread Kindness: In the next few weeks we will be looking at ways we can spread kindness. We have focussed on the way we speak. Speaking kindly is about the tone of voice you use and a simple way to be kind is to use your manners with 'please' and 'thank you.' The tone in your voice could make someone feel valued and appreciated.

Year 6 is studying the novel Wonder by RJ Palacio and we have studied one of Mr Browne’s precepts, ‘When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.’  We hope this year we can make the extra effort to change our minds and choose kind.