As a Drama School with “a Heart for All Ages”, we believe that by creating a kind and supportive environment, we build confidence in pupils of all ages. This naturally leads to them performing better, whether that be on stage or in daily life.
From our Teaching Style and Exam Curriculum to Community Performances and Outreach Programme, we pro-actively work to create a kind and supportive environment across all aspects of the school. You can learn more about these activities on our ETHOS page.
We are supported in this mission by our partners, The School of Kindness. This charitable organisation works with thousands of children every year to empower them to spread kindness.
Saturday 13th November is World Kindness Day – an important day in our respective calendars!
World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. There are currently over 28 nations involved with this event that isn’t associated with any religion or political movement. In the UK, Kindness Day UK is organised by Kindness UK, a not for profit organisation. Kindness Day UK was launched on 13th November 2010, and the event has continued to grow in popularity every year with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions and businesses taking part. Anybody wishing to take part in World Kindness Day or Kindness Day UK can pledge a good deed or random acts of kindness via the Kindness Day website.
In celebration of World Kindness Day, Dramatis will be running a variety of activities to spread the Kindness message!
For our Youth progamme, we will be using resources from the School of Kindness into our lesson plans in the week leading up to the big day. Essentially, we will be using acting to help pupils explore what it truly means to be kind.
Games will include the ‘Empty Space Game’ (in which pupils sit in a circle and invite other pupils they don’t know as well to come and sit with them whilst offering a positive reason why they’ve selected them) and the ‘Kindness Fruit Salad’ (in which a series of kind deeds are read out and pupils move around the room according to which ones they’ve done recently).
Role Plays will include daily life scenarios in which pupils will act as different characters to explore why they may have been behaving in a certain way – were they bad people or just scared or misunderstood? Discussions will lead towards the role of kindness in helping resolve conflicts and stressful situations.
Pupils will also work on a Dramatis kindness collage made up of compliments pupils have said about each other. A copy will be given to all pupils to take home.
For our Adult programme, we will be encouraging pupils (both in class and via social media) to pledge a kind deed or act of kindness by heading to the Pledge page of the Kindness UK website.
We will be sharing our World Kindness Day activities via social media so keep your eyes peeled!