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Curiosity and Kindness Week

Over the past week we have been celebrating Curiosity and Kindness Week. Our wonderful Academic and PSE Prefects organised a variety of different activities to spark curiosity and spread kindness throughout the Fettes community.

Throughout the week our Academic Prefects wore mastermind T-shirt’s with big question marks on them. Each Prefect chose a specific area of expertise for students to question them on.

Posters were placed around the school created by the Academic Prefects showcasing their ‘Top 10 Most Inspiring and Influential People.’ The students were encouraged to read the posters and there was a vote where the students decided their favourite. 

Our fantastic catering team facilitated a Fettes styled Bush Tucker trial to encourage students to try food outside their comfort zones. This included snails and frogs legs, some students were surprised to find they really enjoyed these dishes.

The Academic prefects each day shared two books from a reading list they created called "Top 10 books you should read before turning 17". Due to the nature of Curiosity Week they said they wanted to suggest books that everyone should read that have had a major influence in society, here is the list they suggested; 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger  
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

*Final 2 books announced tomorrow*

On Friday the students were encouraged to dress as someone who inspires them and has made a beneficial impact to those around them. Students donated £1 to the incredible charity https://kindness.org/ a charity dedicated to making the world a kinder place through providing curricular support to schools and resources or programs for companies.

Within the houses the PSE prefect teams encouraged the students to perform random acts of kindness to their peers. Students were also invited meet and cuddle some of our lovely dogs who live on campus; research shows that pet therapy can help reduce stress levels and generally make you feel better.

Other activities included sharing kind words and compliments in the form of ‘Kindness Cards’ around campus, handing our sweetie Love Hearts at the end of Chapel, Kindness Cupcakes, and a Movie Night.  

It was be a wonderful week with some really important messaging and we hope that our students have learnt the importance of being continually curious and being kind to everyone and everything.

Thank you to all those who took part, in particular our Academic and PSE Prefects and Mrs Bruce, Head of PSE, and Mr Armstrong Director of Teaching and Learning for organising such a superb week.