Every Sunday in 2015, Andy is emailing a kindness theme for interested people to consider. The themes are intended to build on each other, thus helping folks deepen their understanding of kindness. This program, called 52 Weeks of Kindness
is also a part of the Intelligent Optimist
magazine's Transformative Studies Program (more here
This week's theme, the third in the series, is to do something kind for someone you love. Andy writes, "I know that it is sometimes hard to complete an additional kind act (remember, one "requirement" of these themes is that you do something you would not otherwise have done) for those we love and for several reasons. We may already be doing kind things for those closest to us so finding an additional thing is a challenge, we may take for granted some of the kind things we do, we may actually not want to do anything additional (we might love them but perhaps don't like them much in a given moment, day, or week), and we may think an additional act needs to be something big.
If you are interested in getting an email with the kindness theme for the upcoming week, Andy sends them out every Sunday. You can can sign up to receive yours here.
Please join PSCS in welcoming our very first French intern, Manon Boudeau!
Manon is in her second year at the Normandy Business School (NBS) and will focus her time on marketing and communications here at PSCS. Having always been interested in these fields, this internship is a great opportunity for Manon to work and observe while being immersed in an independent school environment.
Originally, this internship was simply intended for NBS students to find work in a different culture from their own. However, for Manon, â€œit is much more than thatâ€”thanks to PSCS. My internship here is also a way for me to discover a very different world, which is great because it is really important for international business students to be open-minded. This is not like other internshipsâ€”where you just figure out what a company sells and market it. This internship starts with learning a whole new educational system and philosophy. PSCS is not like any other school I have seen before.â€
Manon was impressed the first day she came to PSCS. â€œPeople here look soâ€¦full bloom. When I entered PSCS, I kind of felt like I was in another world, one where
kindness is the motto.â€
At first, she found it difficult to imagine how students might be motivated to complete their work if no one was forcing them to do it. Manon was surprised to find that â€œeven the youngest students choose their own courses, which allows them a huge amount of space to follow their interests.â€
In her first week she could see that, â€œthe great thing about PSCS is that the teachers hold students responsible for their future. PSCS is a place where adults are supportive but not forceful.â€
Manonâ€™s internship will run for seven weeks. Keep an eye out for her postings here and on social media, as we have asked her to write and photograph some of what she observes during her time at PSCS.
Her first piece is on appreciations
at PSCS and can be read below. Enjoy!
Every Day Gratitude
by Manon Boudeau
Mornings and afternoons are special at PSCS. This is when the whole schoolâ€”students and staffâ€”meet together for daily Check-in and Check-out (led by students). These meetings are when community members make announcements about homework and classwork, suggest activities outside of school, or speak about things going on in their lives. After that, there are several minutes for appreciations. People talk about what they appreciate about their day or just something they appreciate about life. Appreciations are little moments of gratefulness. Or moments to note when you have seen respect and kindness. From what I have seen so far, most students seem very confident, comfortable, and free to say what they want during Check-in and Check-out. By being grateful for things every day, PSCS students are encouraged to be optimistic and help maintain this atmosphere of happiness and kindness. This is a great way to begin and end each day with joy and with the feeling that we are all part of a community in which we are sharing our lives.
Manon will be updating us all on her experiences via social media and email. Please follow her on our very first Instagram account #capturePSCS!