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Junior Secondary students at St John’s are learning what it means to be kind as part of a special project exploring ‘kindness in action’.

Christian Studies Teacher, Greame Moseling, said as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ripple across the globe, a lesson in kindness had never been more important.

“I worked closely with the students to brainstorm ideas for demonstrating kindness within our school community and I was blown away by the enthusiasm students had for the project,” Mr Moseling said.

Ideas put forward by students included helping in the garden at the St John’s Lutheran Kindergarten, organising library books, assisting grounds staff and reading to younger students in the library.

Junior Secondary Students Georgia Trace and Mia Shailer sort through the lost property bin.

Mr Moseling said one of the most popular ideas at the Kingaroy Christian school involved making and delivering hot chocolates and coffees to teachers and administration staff.

“Some of our students decided to bake scones and cheesecake in their own time to accompany the coffees. The smiles on the face of staff were priceless,” he said.

Year 7 student Georgia Trace worked with friends to sort out the large lost property bucket that sits in the school’s front office.

“We found lots of hats, jumpers and some lunch boxes containing left-over food but the best part was delivering the lost property to students around the school. They were all really grateful!” Miss Trace said.

“It was great to help them by doing something they didn’t expect.”

Junior Secondary Students Amber Finney, Breana Freeman and Briar Steinhardt making coffee for staff at St John’s.

In addition to the kindness in action project Junior Secondary Students also recently participated in an all-day workshop promoting teamwork, resilience and self-confidence.

Years 6 – 9 girls attended a workshop run by Storm Greenhill-Brown from Brisbane based ‘Enlighten Education’ while Years 6 – 9 boys travelled to Bethany, just outside Kingaroy, for a day of mud, obstacle courses and other challenges. 

Junior Secondary School Captain Katie Ryan said the day was a good reminder for the girls that it was important to not only love others but love yourself as well.

“We did this one activity where we made journals and we put them in the middle for our friends to write really positive things about us. I found that really lovely because to see the positive things your friends think about you, was really amazing. It made you feel really good,” Miss Ryan said. 

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