15 February 2019
Dear Mrs Stanislaus,
I am emailing you to attest the touching behaviour of one of your students.
It was a Wednesday afternoon, and I was on my way home from a meeting. I was unfamiliar with my surroundings and I didn't know which bus to take. One of your students approached me. She had the warmest smile and asked me if I was okay. She reassured me that I was in the right place and even told me the time my bus would come. It was such a minor act of good-will but it resonated so deeply.
While I was waiting for the bus, I saw an elderly lady hobbling, attempting to cross the road to her house. Your student approached her, and although I couldn't hear the dialogue, I am sure she offered to assist the lady. I could see it wasn't an easy choice to make as she had been waiting at the bus stop for quite a while and her bus was finally coming. But despite this, she still choose to help the elderly lady. She carried her shopping and supported her while she was walking. The elderly lady looked incredibly grateful.
I asked the student why she did that, she replied, "If I was in that position, I would want somebody to help me".
I didn't quite catch the student's name but I'm sure it was Ola. She is in her final year of secondary school, wears black glasses and has the kindest smile. I hope she is commended.
Even though it was a small act of kindness, it was so refreshing to see that young people, despite all the labels and stereotypes hurled towards them, can still strive to positively impact their community, no matter how big or how small the task is. It has given me a glimmer of hope for the future generation.
Mrs Stanislaus, I applaud you. It is evident that your school shapes compassionate and understanding young women. Please don't stop what you are doing.
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Dear Ms Macintosh
Thank you so very much for your heartfelt email.
I received it this morning just before I was leading my whole school assembly. It couldn't have come at a better time, as our theme this month is kindness and we are focusing on this as a school.
Ola is a fabulous student, exactly as you described. When I read your email out to the whole school this morning, you could have heard a pin drop. When I got to her name half way through the email, everyone cheered. I then invited her up on stage to finish reading the email with her next to me. It was very emotional and Ola was so humble.
Everyone, staff and students were moved by what I read out. I really want to thank you for taking the time to write to me and doing so with such detail.
I do sometimes receive positive emails, but not as often as I would like and certainly not with such detail. I guess it is always easier to have the impetus to write to complain, rather than to write to congratulate!
I am sure Ola and the rest of our students will continue to share their kindness and make a difference to their community and to spread love, care and compassion. Our four school values are Service, Compassion, Justice and Perseverance, this is the code that we live by in school and that we expect they demonstrate in their wider life in their community and beyond, Ola certainly did.
Thank you again very much, I will be giving a copy of your email to Ola and her family, they will be proud of her. Thank you Sue, for taking the time to write to me, it was a very special end to the half term and a good way to start the half term holiday.
Dear Mrs Stanislaus,
There is no need to thank me, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I understand how testing your job can be and know it isn't easy. That's why it was an absolute must that I emailed you, to praise the beautiful values you install in your girls. I'm so happy for Ola. Her family must be so proud. My one wish is for her to never change, she made my whole week! Such an inspiring young woman! I'm fulfilled knowing that the whole school will now know of her thoughtful actions, embodying them and continuing to share their acts of kindness, and again, I must commend you. You've done your job well, with a touch of tastefulness and grace and I wish you all the best in the future.
Have a restful half-term, you deserve it!