Duchess Kate to speak about the importance of kindness with students during online assembly

By Heather Cichowski

Students at the Oak National Academy have a surprise special guest: Duchess Kate! It was revealed that the mom of three will join kids in a virtual assembly focusing on kindness and mental health.

The Oak National Academy is an online classroom developed in response to the COVID-19 lockdown with free resources designed to complement existing teaching. It shared the exciting news on Twitter that Kate would be joining the virtual assembly on June 18.

“Drumroll please...This week, we're absolutely thrilled to have The Duchess of Cambridge leading our assembly with @tes on kindness with help with from some special guests from @WaterlooPA," they announced. "Don't miss it this Thursday at 10am!"

A video clip of the duchess was included in the tweet. She opens up to young guests from Waterloo Primary Academy about the importance of kindness. The students have parents who have been working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Today I wanted to talk to you about the importance of being kind and helping one another," she begins.

"I'm now going to go join a Zoom call with some pupils from Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool to find out what kindness means to them."

The duchess was all smiles as she talked to children during the Zoom call. Photo: © Kensington Palace via Getty Images

In the short clip, Duchess Kate interacts virtually with the children and hears their thoughts on the subject. To the youngsters, kindness includes treating others how you want to be treated and sharing.

According to Young Minds UK, a UK charity fighting for Young People's mental health, Kate will use a Place2Be plan from the http://MentallyHealthySchools.org.uk site, which also has many resources to aid in students' wellbeing.

MORE: Duchess Kate shares moving images from her 'Hold Still' photography project related to the coronavirus pandemic

Place2Be, which is one of the duchess's patronages, continues that the theme of the assembly is "spread a little kindness."

Place2Be reports that Kate will share some helpful advice in her online assembly.

"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," Kate will say.

"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," she will state to the students.


The Duchess of Cambridge also hosted a gala dinner at Buckingham Palace in celebration of the 25th anniversary for her patronage Place2Be in March 2020. Photo: © Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

During the assembly, the youngsters will present their photo submissions for Duchess Kate's Hold Still photography project. The project is in connection with her patronage, the National Portrait Gallery, and it explores people's stories from the coronavirus. The students are submitting their images in relation to Hold Still's theme of "Acts of Kindness."

Last week, a video of Kate was shared encouraging U.K. residents to submit their photos to Hold Still before the June 18 submission deadline.

One hundred entries from the Hold Still project will be included in a digital exhibition that will be held later this year and will hopefully be shown across the United Kingdom later this year, once the pandemic hopefully ends.

If you're in the U.K. and would like to enter, go to npg.org.uk. Photos can be submitted until June 18.

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