Russell High pupils’ spread ‘year of happiness’

2016-09-07 06:00
PHOTO: Supplied Pupils encourg people to spread the happiness.

PHOTO: Supplied Pupils encourg people to spread the happiness.

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SPRINKLING happiness throughout the city last week were Russell High School pupils when they stood outside in rush-hour Monday morning traffic to spread cheer among motorists and passersby.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, principal Jean Rose said the theme for the school year is happiness.

“Quite a lot of girls at the school have stressful home lives. With the theme this year we are trying to teach them that they can be happy by thinking beyond themselves and teaching them different skills of coping with life better,” she said.

Head of department for Grade 11 and drama teacher, Jennifer Garnett, said she came across the American initiative, Sprinkling Happiness, online and contacted the founder to find out how Russell High could have a “sprinkling”.

“It was the first time the initiative was brought to South Africa, and of course, Pietermaritzburg.

“We decided to dedicate the whole day at school to being happy and various departments got involved incorporating different ideas to spread the happiness so that all the girls in school were involved in some kind of activity,” she said.

Pupils planted daisies, a vegetable garden and performed in a flashmob among other things.

Throughout the year the teachers have tried to incorporate the theme at school teaching the pupils to be grateful.

“We tried to make it trendy for them by using hash tags and giving them an all-round approach to every aspect of their lives not just at school, but also their social lives,” she said.

The day of happiness brought all the teachings together and was enjoyed by everyone.

“It really was a good day. It had a big impact not just to have fun, but teaching them coping skills.

“It was wonderful and built team spirit. There was a sense of joy among the girls and they were happy to share happiness,” said Rose.

Russell High School challenges other schools to get involved in the initiative and share the happiness throughout the city.

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