Kate Middleton chats to children about kindness as she leads school assembly

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The Duchess of Cambridge will speak about kindness and the importance of looking after ourselves as she leads a school assembly.

Kate spoke to children about mental health during the online assembly for the Oak National Academy, a platform which provides video lessons and free resources to parents and teachers across the country.

Kate’s assembly, which has been pre-recorded and will go live tomorrow, has the theme ‘Spread a Little Kindness’, and was based on a lesson plan which is available on the site.

They worked with children’s mental health charity Place2Be to put it together.

Speaking from her Norfolk home, where she has spent lockdown with her family, Kate will say: “Talking to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better.

“And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need.

“Small acts of kindness can go such a long way.

“But as we help others, we mustn’t forget to nurture ourselves, by taking the time to focus on the things that make us feel happy too.”

Kate also chatted directly to pupils at Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool, whose parents have been working on the frontline during the coronavirus lockdown.

The children have submitted photos for Kate’s Hold Still photography project – which is collecting images from the pandemic to act as a resource documenting the unusual time.

The academy hosts weekly assemblies in collaboration with TES every Thursday in a bid to give children some sort of normal school structure.

Principle Matt Hood said: “We’re thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge was able to lead this week’s assembly on acts of kindness.

“Being kind and considerate is a vital lesson for children at any time, but especially so in the current pandemic. We must encourage young people to talk about their feelings and to know that it’s normal to feel a bit anxious or upset right now.

“The Duchess’s Hold Still competition is a fantastic way to get children engaging with their mental wellbeing as they think about what kindness means to them and how they can show it towards others.”

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