Duchess Kate urges students to be kind, nurture themselves as she virtually leads school assembly

Kensington Palace via Getty ImagesBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News

(LONDON) — Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, virtually took over a school assembly Thursday to share a lesson with students on kindness.

Duchess Kate, a mom of three, spoke to students at Oak National Academy, an online classroom that was created to help support teachers educating students remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. The academy holds an assembly every Thursday morning for students across the U.K.

The theme of Kate’s message was to “spread a little kindness,” according to Kensington Palace.



“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,” she told the students. “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 added.

Kate’s message was based on a lesson plan from the Mentally Healthy Schools website launched by the duchess in 2018 through the Heads Together campaign she founded with her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry.



Kate also spoke during the assembly with students from Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool, whose parents have been working on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic.

The students shared photographs they had taken and submitted to Kate’s Hold Still photography project, which is collecting photographs that show life in the U.K. during the pandemic.



One of the central themes of the project is also “Acts of Kindness,” according to Kensington Palace.

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