Frome College students had an opportunity to develop their humanitarian skills for a week with a Focus Day aimed at promoting kindness in the community.

Year 9 students were encouraged to plan and deliver modest ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ during a week-long event starting on the 19 June. The idea was discussed in tutor groups and students completed cards giving details of the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ they had recently carried out.  The quote by Aesop that “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted” set the scene for the day and students were encouraged to carry out acts of kindness such as offering to help an elderly neighbour, make an unexpected cup of tea help with the family, shopping or sending an email to someone going through a tough time. 

During the second and third sessions of Focus Day, students attended talks on the work being carried out by Julian House for the homeless and by the Bath Cats & Dogs Home at Claverton Down in Bath.  In a fascinating and far reaching talk outlining the work of Julian House, Cathy Adcock and Miss Love, teacher of Religion & Philosophy, gave a Powerpoint presentation giving details of the homeless situation experienced by people in Bath and the surrounding areas, and what can be done to help individuals get back into society and to find safe, secure homes. 

There was a Q&A session, and students were briefed on the Women’s Refuge Centre that has recently opened in Bath, which is already full to capacity.  Students were informed how they could help the homeless through fund raising or volunteering when they reach adult-age in the future.   

Chris Curtis, teacher of Maths, represented the Bath Cats & Dogs Home, and showed a Powerpoint to Year 9 students outlining how dedicated staff rehome and rehabilitate animals.  The students had the chance to win a small prize for their dog or cat by saying something innovative about their pet on a post-it note.  They were informed of the types of problems faced by homeless animals, and how the team at Claverton have helped thousands of animals to find a forever home. The case studies presented by the Powerpoint were very moving, and there were lots of positive stories for animals who had experienced neglect and abuse.

In the fourth session, students were encouraged to write a Wikipedia article about themselves as a 35 year old adult.  The ‘Wiki-35 Project’ was a great success and students wrote some amazing accounts of their future life which were submitted in a competition for the most innovative entry.

Mr Schneider and Mr Curtis read through all the entries, and shortlisted to 10 finalists. They said judging was difficult and the articles were very original, funny and heart-warming. However, after much consideration, they awarded the 1st Prize of £35 to Iris Shulman, and joint 2nd Prizes of £10 to Evan Williams & Phoebe Tanner.

Frome College Principal, Mr Ball, thanked the Next Steps Team for organising the day and said that the 'Random Act of Kindness' week was a great idea, and fitted in with the very positive Frome culture which is now evident in all that we do for the community.

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