I am the Principal of a small rural primary school in Victoria. We have been implementing the Ripple Kindness Project in our school and community for 2 years now.
Each morning, before the day begins, we discuss our ‘buckets’ and it has become common and expected language. We talk and think about our own buckets and those of the others’ in our school and lives. It has become quite natural for our students to react kindly to people and situations.
As a school, we recently reviewed our school values to ensure they were truly reflective of what we do value and our current culture. I was taken aback when parents read my mind and suggested ‘kindness’ as our first and most prominent value. We settled on four values – Kindness, Wisdom, Integrity and Courage.
Thank you to the Ripple Kindness Project for assisting us on our upward trajectory. Kindness – the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. This is now the driving force of our school and broader community! What a wonderful world our students are creating.
– Aleasa Carlton, Principal – Victoria, Australia
I have found the Ripple Kindness Project’s curriculum extremely valuable in helping students see the positive value of showing kindness.
The students have embraced the concept and the kindness has now extended beyond the school gates to the wider community. The program gave teachers the resources and lesson plans to help build their confidence and skills in embracing kindness as a part of our Wellbeing Program.
– Lyn McIntosh, Assistant Principal – Victoria, Australia
At last, a curriculum support program that accentuates and rewards positive behaviours across the entire school community. It’s a must!
– Julie Duckworth, Australian Education Consultant
I was not happy with our policy on dealing with bullying; it was based on sanctions that did not modify children’s behaviour. The Ripple Kindness curriculum embodies what I felt our school needed: a positive approach to teaching children how to respond to each other and so prevent bullying or unkind behaviour. It is not an anti-bullying approach but demonstrates to children how they should treat each other. We need to model expected behaviour rather than just punish poor behaviour.
– Geraldine Ciantar, Principal, West Row Community Primary, Suffolk, UK
What appealed to us about Ripple Kindness was first the focus on kindness. We wanted something easy but pervasive so we can use it and infuse it everyday. We also love the idea of taking it outside the school to the families and the community.
– Cindy Brown, Principal, Cleo Gordon Elementary, California, USA
My class have really enjoyed and put a big effort into producing their kindness posters.
It was pleasing to hear the kind, considerate discussions of how they could be very fair when producing these posters. A big improvement on their group work from earlier in the year. They all made sure everyone was involved and they really listened to each other’s ideas.
– Thelma, Year 3 teacher – Victoria, Australia
I want to express my strong support for the innovative program on values, Ripple Kindness Project by Lisa Currie. It encompasses all the tenets of a committed society and has based a sound delivery of established social teaching. The work, commitment and presentation of this vanguard program is refreshing and escalates my faith in the community. Lisa’s drive is astounding – her passion clearly focused and her insights critical.
– Raymond, Primary School Principal – Victoria, Australia
“YOU are amazing and YOU can help change the world, one act of kindness at a time!”
I love this motto from the ‘Ripple Kindness Project’. How empowering!
Knowing that each one of us can make such a difference in the lives of others. How many times has someone said or done something so wonderful that it makes you feel loved and special. You can’t help feeling that you want to spread this love and kindness to others you meet that day! This is how the “Ripple Kindness Project” spreads love, kindness and positive energy. Student wellbeing affects most aspects of students’ functioning at school and is an important factor that affects learning and development outcomes.
As a parent and school teacher, I believe it is paramount that students are more open to learning and developing positive attitudes when they feel safe, happy and healthy. Health doesn’t just mean physical health but encompasses mental and emotional health. This has been a challenge for everyone involved in the education of young people.
The ‘Kindness Ripple Project’ provides one such way of promoting emotional and mental health in schools. Students are encouraged to be proactive in spreading love and kindness to others and experience similar emotions in return. Changing mindsets help towards creating a positive and loving environment. Teacher Notes are provided which are straight forward and easy to use. The cards are beautiful and a joy to receive and give. This program is inspiring for those who are passionate about creating a more caring world. It’s contagious! And the ripple effect has just begun!
– Maria, Year 3/4 teacher – Victoria, Australia
What a wonderful concept! A positive way of crossing all barriers – religious, ethnic, economic, social, educational etc. It’s something every human being can do free of charge, no strings attached, no monetery rewards expected just the sheer joy of the heightened self esteem that comes from knowing that you’ve made a worthwhile difference to someone else’s life. As a retired Kinder teacher it was always so satisfying and rewarding to see young faces light up at such simple pleasures as helping a classmate or myself. Encouraging children to give at an early age should make kindness an integral, automatic part of their personae. I look forward to witnessing the success of your Ripple Kindness Project in our local communities thence, hopefully, to a world-wide audience. Start small, dream big as the saying goes! Here’s to your immeasurable success!!!
– Michele, Retired Kinder Teacher – Sydney, Australia
“Sorry I’m not with you today to celebrate the launch of this wonderful project. Kindness is at the core of our school values and we can be very proud that Bimbadeen Heights is recognised for its’ kindness by this special assembly today.
Congratulations and well done Mrs Currie for writing this program. Being kind to others doesn’t always happen easily. It sometimes takes a special effort and sometimes means that we need to go out of our way to make sure that being kind is always at the front of our minds when we meet and are getting along with others.
The Ripple Kindness Project can help to change the world as the kind things you do and say spread around the globe. People may forget what you say to them but they will never forget how you made them feel”.
– A message from Leigh Johansen, Principal of Bimbadeen Heights Primary School to the children during the official launch on 7 September 2011
I was delighted to attend the launch of the Ripple Kindness Project at Bimbadeen Heights Primary School, a happy, lively occasion which was MCed by the schools wellbeing co-ordinator. Year 12 Luther College students, year 5 and 6 students from Good Shepherd Primary School and a student from Rolling Hills Primary School also attended and joined in by singing “Kindness Changes Everything”.
The Ripple Kindness Project is designed to foster the qualities of kindness and giving, and it teaches how these special qualities can positively influence their attitude, feelings and actions. The program can also help resolve one of our most serious threatening social problems we have – bullying and it’s negative effects.
I congratulate the director of Ripple Kindness, Lisa Currie on her hard work in developing the program and recommend that every school seriously consider implementing this excellent program.
– An address given to the Victorian Parliament by Christine Fyffe MP,
Member for Evelyn – Victoria, Australia