Happiness was all around for pupils and staff when the school took part in International Happiness Day.
The school’s focus for the day was on bringing happiness to others. Pupils worked with staff to create a ‘halo of happiness’ featuring pictures produced by the Year 7 pupils.
The International Day of Happiness was created by the United Nations to recognise that happiness is a fundamental human right and by designating a special day for happiness, the UN aims to focus world attention on the idea that global happiness must be accompanied by both social and environmental wellbeing.
“Our mission for the day was to make everyone smile. Members of staff and pupils popped into classrooms with the aim of making as many people happy as possible as part of the school’s ‘What makes you happy?’ event,” explained Mrs Cathie Halbert. “After years of happiness research, one thing has proved fundamental - the importance of our connections with other people. For the International Day of Happiness 2015 we invited staff and pupils to focus on their connections with others.”
“It was a fantastic friendly day,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “We wanted to join in the global celebration of happiness and ensure that everyone faced their day with a smile. Our challenge was to make someone smile by doing something nice. A smile and a kind word will always make someone happy!”