This week in Chaplain’s assembly we have focused on the theme of Compassion. In the Prep school we watched the story of of the Good Samaritan and heard, from the Rhyming Bible, the story of how one boy’s kindness enabled Jesus to perform the miracle of feeding 5,000 people from one small packed lunch.  In the Senior school we focused on the Good Samaritan and watched a clip from a film where a gentlemen dressed as a Minister asked strangers in the street to help him by lending him a phone to phone his friend who was late. He completed the same exercise in the same street in the afternoon dressed as a homeless person. In both Prep and Senior assemblies we discussed small ways in which we could try to show compassion and be kind to one another, either as circumstances present themselves, for example someone has lost their bag and we could help to find it, or if we found someone feeling a little bit sad or lonely, we could sit with them. We also thought about how we could be intentionally kind and encouraging. I gave an example that happened to me just this week as I arrived at school on Monday morning by my office door lay a beautiful sunflower with a note that said, “Have a happy Monday”, as someone who is not a fan of Monday mornings, I was instantly encouraged that someone had thought of me and, of course, I could then enjoy that bright sunflower on my desk for the rest of the day. (Thank you to the person who left me my sunflower)

The link to the video of the Minister’s social experiment is here it just a few minutes long if you have time its a thought provoking watch.

‘If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion.’

Dalai Lama