Hard rock and kind intent
Stones marked with uplifting sentiments greet visitors at the entrance to Batchelor Area School.
The messages, which include Hope, Shine, Be Kind, and You Can, were inscribed by 30 students using paint and permanent texta.
The years 6 to 9 students placed the river sized pebbles in a welcome box, arranging them so the positive principles catch the eye.
Assistant principal Ms Chris Bradley said the program emphasises the ongoing lesson of “spreading kindness, having friends, keeping safe, and maintaining a bully-free school”.
“We hope the kindness stones bring happiness to the finders; a feeling they can keep and spread to others,” she said.
“It reinforces our philosophy of ‘Choose Kind Every-time’, and it’s being used to counter the stress and tension arising from the coronavirus.
“We have also been painting driftwood to reflect our kindness ethos.”
Rachelle and Katelyn, 12, both agree the messages generate feelings of happiness and well-being.
Ms Bradley said there is value in distributing the decorated stones more widely.
“The rocks are confined to the school, but it may be possible to seed the community with them, beginning with bushes neighbouring the school.”