Gestures of kindness as schools respond to Christchurch attack

St Josephs Catholic Primary School Belmore - students creating letter for ChristchurchSt Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Belmore students’ kindness campaign has gone international in the wake of the attack on Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.

Students in Years 5 and 6 wrote letters of condolence and support to their primary school peers at Marshland School, which is near to the Mosque and was in lockdown for five hours on 15 March, when a gunman live-streamed his attack on the place of worship.

Kindness is the most important way to value the dignity of all people and nations.

– Elizabeth Russo

The letters are the latest activity students have completed in a school-wide focus on promoting kindness that began in 2018.

letter from Monalisa for Christchurch

Talia's letter to ChristchurchAngela's letter to Christchurchletter from David, Jason and James for Christchurch

Amelia's letter to Christchurch

Principal Elizabeth Russo said the students were very empathetic towards the people in New Zealand affected by the attack, and prayed together as a community the day it happened. After reading a Behind the News article on the event, students were asked to think about how they could offer support.

“Kindness is value that is highly regarded in all cultures and religions. It is the most important way to value the dignity of all people and nations. Kindness overpowers all sadness in our lives. This is the belief underpinning our kindness campaign. ” Mrs Russo said.

The school also sent letters to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the hope they would be forwarded to members of the communities of the two Mosques in Christchurch.

Source: About Catholic Schools

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