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Barking school named UK’s kindest

PUBLISHED: 13:12 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:31 06 February 2015

Eastbury School has been named as the kindest school in the UK. 
David Dickson, headteacher, with AlexTaylor from Penguin Books.

Eastbury School has been named as the kindest school in the UK. David Dickson, headteacher, with AlexTaylor from Penguin Books.

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A school in Barking has been named as the kindest in the country.

Eastbury School has been named as the kindest school in the UK.Eastbury School has been named as the kindest school in the UK.

Eastbury Comprehensive, in Hulse Avenue, topped a national competition designed to inspire staff and students to tackle bullying.

Penguin Random House Children’s UK launched the Choose Kind campaign with support from the Anti-Bullying Alliance in May 2014, with hundreds of schools across the country carrying out activities throughout the year.

Inspired by global bestselling novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio, the school placed a special Wonder tree in their school corridor which students used to display their Choose Kind work.

School librarian Helen Undrill said: “For me, entering the Choose Kind competition was not so much a choice as a passion.

AlexTaylor from Penguin Books with Oluwatosin Fadahunsi, 11, at the Friendship Tree.AlexTaylor from Penguin Books with Oluwatosin Fadahunsi, 11, at the Friendship Tree.

“It was a great catalyst to bring together, under the school library banner, key ideologies that run throughout school: the importance of and love for literature and reading as well the promotion of kindness, tolerance, love and friendship.

“We are so thrilled that we have won the competition and can celebrate the endeavours of our staff and students to build a kinder world with opportunities for all.”

Since its original publication in 2012, Wonder has sold more than two-and-a-half million copies worldwide, and follows a boy with a facial anomaly, during his first year in mainstream school.

Despite the vast amount of entries, author R.J. Palacio felt Eastbury was a clear winner.

“I was blown away by the dedication and passion the school had for Choose Kind,” she said.

“What I loved most about Eastbury’s campaign was that it included everyone.

“Their Wonder tree was a beautiful creative idea that allowed the whole school to participate in Choose Kind.

“I am thrilled and honoured that the school have taken Wonder to their hearts in such a special way.”


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